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That speech I gave at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 truly has a life of its own. Last year, Swiss artist Simone Giampaolo reached out to tell me about a project he and a team of fellow animators were working on… a collaborative animation of the 6 minutes of the speech to the UN. They have created something magical and moving. It will be released online soon.

“‘Only a Child’ is a visual poem by Simone Giampaolo and AMKA Films, giving shape to the words spoken by Severn-Cullis Suzuki at the UN Summit in 1992.”

Only a Child” Trailer released – Earth Day 2020!

keynote speaker

“We are perpetuating intergenerational injustice: Climate Change is the ultimate example of an intergenerational crime. 

Helsinki, Finland 2017


media and broadcast

This is an interesting moment in the narrative of Canada. Reconciliation offers us a chance: we need to learn from First Nations people; age old cultures with tried and tested knowledge on how to survive.

Samaqan: Urban Rez Productions on APTN


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“This is an incredible time to be alive: each of our actions matter.  We have the opportunity to be part of a narrative of transformation, to play a role in the human story.” 


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