For this 17-year old the political really is personal. Her future depends on the decisions made by world leaders. The same goes for the rest of her generation as well. This isn’t just about her school loans or a job down the road. It is about the condition in which current leaders will leave the earth for us and for her.
What would you say if given the opportunity to tell world leaders your thoughts on climate change? For 17 year-old New Zealander, Brittany Trilford, that opportunity became a reality this morning at the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Invited to provide the opening speech, Trilford delivered a polite, but stern address to the 130 heads of state and representatives in attendance. Her demand: Do something.
The opportunity for action is now. Brittany realizes it. You do too. Why can’t they?
“I stand here with fire in my heart. I’m confused and angry at the state of the world and I want us to work together now to change this. We are here to solve the problems that we have caused as a collective, to ensure that we have a future.
You and your governments have promised to reduce poverty and sustain our environment. You have already promised to combat climate change, ensure clean water and food security. Multi-national corporations have already pledged to respect the environment, green their production, compensate for their pollution. These promises have been made and yet, still, our future is in danger.
We are all aware that time is ticking and is quickly running out. You have 72 hours to decide the fate of your children, my children, my children’s children. And I start the clock now… tck tck tck.”
Those 72 hours passed with little movement from the leaders. Luckily for them there just might still be time to act. The clock continues to tick… only a few more remain.
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