Severn Suzuki, 12 years old, spoke these words at the UN Climate Change conference of 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Twenty years later, now Severn Cullis-Suzuki spoke at the 2012 meeting, attended by 130 or more Heads of State -- glaringly absent president Obama, the presidents of Canada, Germany, and many other of the big important countries
When a drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico explodes, millions of barrels of oil are spilled in the Gulf and so in the open ocean, the damage cannot be undone. And yet, we actually increase drilling for ooil in deeper water without knowing how to "fix it" if something goes wrong which, of course, it inevitably will, in time.
When a mountain top is "removed" it cannot be put back.
When we dam a river the damage done both above and below the dam cannot be undone.
When bulldozers destroy a rainforest it becomes a desert and cannot grow back to be a forest.
When the last tiger, polar bear, chestnut tree, dies that species is gone forever.
It is estimated that from the 6000 plus languages now spoken on earth, 90% will have disappeared forever at the end of this century.
When the ocean gets more alkaline coral dies; without coral a thousand species of sea life cannot live.
The people who die from cancer caused by chemicals lost many years of their lives by the deliberately thoughtless habits of exceedingly profitable chemical companies.
We are the only species on this planet that lives by manmade laws that are based on manmade ideas of morality and/or profit. Not only unsustainably but with full awareness suicidal -- worse than suicidal: with full awareness extinguishing other species, destroying the planet.
Recent warming of the top 2300 feet of the ocean alone corresponds to an energy content of more than one Hiroshima atomic bomb detonation every second over the past 40 years. A new analysis of all the recent data makes clear that this remarkable warming can only be explained with man-made greenhouse gas emissions -- JR.
And we cannot hear what a 12-year old girl said 20 years ago: if you cannot fix it, don't destroy it.