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The Revolution Is Now..... Z-DAY 2011

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Hello, I'm Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O. - The Environmental Children's Organisation. We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds from Canada trying to make a difference: Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go I am afraid to breathe the air because I don't know what chemicals are in it. At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world. You teach us:not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share - not be greedy. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? My father always says "You are what you do, not what you say." Well, what you do makes me cry at night. We’re consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra. It’s all going down, man. So fuck off with your sofa units and Strinne green stripe patterns. I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let... lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may. Goddammit, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables, slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We've all been raised by television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars But we won't; and we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. It's only after you've lost everything, that you're free to do anything We need a new vision of the world Did you know that, in our world every day 40 000 children die from malnutririon and preventable deseases That’s every other second, It’s now... now... and now... But the short lives of these children cannot be seen in isolation They're part of the whole system, involving the economics, involving the environment, and most specifically - involving high levels of Third World debt. The burden of frenzied borrowing is not falling on those with foreign bank accounts nor on those who created the imbalance. The burden is falling on the already deprived. Three years ago, President Nyerere asked the question “Must we starve our children to pay our debts? That question has been answered in practice and the answer has been yes, because since he asked, hundreds of thousands of little children in the Third World, have given their lives to pay their country’s debt and millions more are still paying interest with their malnourished minds and bodies. Bur our system doesn't encourage prevention It encourages intervention.. But simply by blocking the mechanisms of a disease ..doesn't mean healing it. I mean, it's like in politics, it's just shifting the problem to another sphere Take Brazil. Do you know that they’re destroying the Amazon rainforest at the rate of one football field per second. Now-now-now. Why? They’re trying to pay their national debt with cattle and land speculation.. they don’t even have time to sell the timber so they are setting fire to the woods and in the meantime, we are pouring our money into the arms race. See, you cannot look at any one single of our global problems in isolation and try to understand it and solve it. Of course, you can fix a fragment of the piece, but it will deteriorate a second later because what it was connected to has been ignored. We have to change everything together at the same time, the ideas, the institutions, the values... THE REVOLUSTION IS NOW Z-DAY 2011 www.zdayglobal.org

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Duration: 5 minutes and 21 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: robbiefreestyle on Mar 3, 2011

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