I'm Only a Child, but...
The short and long versions of the video compilation have been released and can be found on my I'm Only a Child, but YouTube channel. You can also view several individual submissions. Please SHARE the videos on your social networks too!
We've had such a great response that we're going to keep this project GOING! Let’s continue to amplify this message!
Teachers, Students and Kids - We invite you to take the template of the old Rio Speech, adjust it if you like, and make it your own.
KIDS - follow our technical guidelines to learn how best to film and send us your video.
TEACHERS - we have a teacher's version of our technical guidelines to help you and your students become part of the project too.
We encourage students and kids (around age 12) to film yourselves giving the speech. You can then screen your personal videos in your homes, at your schools, and if you have parental permission, online too! This is a great opportunity for groups of students, friends, classrooms and individuals to use their voices to speak these words, and together we will ask adults to change their ways. And have fun doing it! To tell you all about the original project, Severn recorded this brief video.
Through my online YouTube channel, I'm pleased to continue to provide a platform to help youth raise their voices to speak truth to power.
We'll upload your videos to the project's I'm Only a Child, but... YouTube page once we've received your video submission (see Technical Guidelines above) and a signed copy of the release form (which will give us permission to post your video online).
Thank you for adding your voice, energy and passion to our project!
Samaqan: Water Stories is a television show that explores the sacred relationship between water and Indigenous people, primarily in North America, on Aboriginal People’s Television Network in Canada.
Produced by Urban Rez Productions and introduced by Severn, the series presents an indigenous perspective on one of our most precious resources. Crisscrossing the continent, and beyond, the documentary crew delves into the spiritual and physical connections to water, as well as the challenges aboriginal communities face today with their water resources.
To learn more about the show and watch episodes visit samaqan.ca.
On Canada’s west coast, a powerful test of democracy is unfolding in a groundswell of First Nations and civil society fighting the federal government’s approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.
Worried that the pipeline will facilitate the expansion of the tar sands as well as destroy natural habitats and wildlife, people from communities along the proposed pipeline route came forward to be heard in the during Join Review Panel (JRP) Hearings process. Of them, 1,159 opposed the pipeline and two agreed. Yet the JRP recommended to the federal government that it should be built. Severn is among the opposition to gather support, to stand against the pipelines and tankers that would ship oil through B.C. waters, and against a plan built on an undemocratic framework.
In an effort to prevent such a disaster from happening again, the Million Mothers Movement aims to stop further use of nuclear power in Japan. It is a movement not only of mothers, but all those with a spirit of mothering who want a safe, healthy world for future generations.
Severn joined the Million Mothers Movement in 2014, and stands in solidarity with mothers as they call on the Japanese government to put their children’s future ahead of the nuclear power industry.
Visit the Million Mothers Facebook page here.
The human family is currently in danger of losing our cultural and linguistic diversity. Researchers estimate that every two weeks, a language disappears.
On Haida Gwaii, off the west coast of Canada, a group of elders are determined that the Haida language will not be one of these. Every day, they come together at the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (SHIP) to preserve and revitalize the Skidegate Haida Language.
Severn began working with the elders at SHIP to learn Haida and write books for learners in the language. She is currently teaching her young sons to speak the language, and she dreams that their children will have the opportunity to know and speak the language of their ancestors.
For more information visit: Skidegate Haida Immersion Program.
The Earth Charter is an international declaration of fundamental ethical values and principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society. The result of the most inclusive drafting process of any international declaration, the Earth Charter Commission formally launched it in 2000.
Currently endorsed by over 4,500 organizations, including many governments and international organizations, the charter seeks to inspire a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for Earth and the human family.
A strong advocate of this vision, Severn initially served as an Earth Charter Commissioner from 1997 to 2000, and she has now joined the Earth Charter International Council.
Visit the Earth Charter website.
Founded in 1990 by Severn’s parents, David Suzuki and Tara Cullis, the Foundation works to find solutions to our planet’s ecological crises. With offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, the Foundation focuses its work in Canada with the goals of protecting the climate, creating liveable communities, establishing environmental rights and justice, transforming the economy, connecting with nature and building community.
Severn joined the board of directors of the David Suzuki Foundation in 2006 and chairs the Programs Committee of the board. Learn more about the David Suzuki Foundation.
Photo credit: Janice Williams
The Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society is a non-profit organization that offers university education inspired by the communities and environment of Haida Gwaii.
In partnership with universities across Canada, Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society offers immersive, experiential learning in a place where the Haida Nation, Islands communities, and provincial and federal governments are working together towards sustainability and reconciliation through complex joint management models. Courses focus on the ecology, forestry, history and political situation of the archipelago the programs unique pedagogy exposes students to ways of problem solving that prepares them to become future leaders and decision makers.
Severn is a founding director of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society.