Raised in Vancouver and Toronto, Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been camping and hiking all her life. When she was 9 she started the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. They were successful in many projects before 1992, when they raised enough money to go to the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Their aim was to remind the decision-makers of who their actions or inactions would ultimately affect. The goal was reached when 12 yr old Severn closed a Plenary Session with a powerful speech that received a standing ovation.
I’m not sure why we understand so much when we are children but become so relativist as adults. It is convenient to label children as naive due to unpractical idealism but she seems more mature then most of the adults I’ve known. Severn graduated Yale in 2002. She is now 32 now but never lost the 12 year old inside of her.