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Severn Suzuki's speech at the University of British Columbia part 2

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When I was six I learned about extinction. And I could not believe that we would allow animal on this planet to go extinct. So, I organized my first protest. My first protest was on Bernard Avenue, we were living in Toronto at the time. And so I've got my sister, my little sister, and all our friends on the block to get all our stuffed animals, to get our wagons, and make signs and so we marched around the block with the signs that said 'SAVE THE ANIMALS'! I believed they could change the course of history. When returning from Brasil with my family, we were very lucky to travel to the Amazon rainforests, when I was about 8 years old. And returning from that trip, after seeing the burning of the Amazon rainforests, I started the club with my great five friends called ECO - the Environmental Children's Organization. I believed I could change the course of history when I was 12-years-old, and with ECO we traveled down to the real Earth Summit, and spoke to these heads of state. I believed in it when I attended the Kyoto protocol conference in 1997. I believed in it when I was set on UN's Earth charter commission and when I was set on secretary the generals advisory council for the real plus 10 conference in 2002, in Johannesburg, South Africa. I believed we could change our course when I bagged across Canada with friends to raise awareness about climate change and air pollution, here in our country. And during those years I've also been working hard at getting myself educated, of how to make sure that I have evidence to backup the brainwash. I took the scientific route, I've got a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and so, I've learned more about extinction. And I've learned that actually, right now, we are undergoing the planets sixth mass extinction. And the last one was 65 million years ago, it was the crataceous-tertiary event, and the difference with this, the current extinction is, that it is, caused by one species on earth. By our species. I went back to the Amazon when I was at University, but this time to work at a research station and so I saw how much the Shingu valley and the Kayapo people have changed over the last twelve years, since I was a little child with my family. I've just finished the master in science in Ethnobotany at UVIC, I finished in June. And I've focused on the West Coast with the Quaquakivak nations learning more about the change in the relationships between humans and ecology. I've learned through science that in the year since real, ofcourse, our environment has not been saved. As someone growing up on the West Coast, here I am very concerned about our oceans. And a lot of research is going on here, at the Universty of British Columbia, with respect to our fisheries, our oceans, our marine-eco systems. Dr. Daniel Paulie, right here, at UBC, found that over ninety percent of our large fish on this planet are depleted and in 2006, someone modeled the collaps of the entire marine-eco system and it came out that if we continue the current practises we're using today, to harvest fish, by 2050 we will not have any fish in the oceans. And the problem with this, it is not just the problem with sports fisherman, who are fishing at the Landgeron and Hideguar for fun, but this is the problem for all of us as fish protein is the biggest source of meat for humans on this planet. And autentic places for our basic food resources than ever before, it's harder and harder to buy food that is actually produced in there where we live, and then he talket a bit about just some of the economics, of food today and some of the cause, the average distance of food, the average distance that food has to travel to get from its source of production to our plate is 1500 to 2500 miles. Since we have also embraced the disposable mentality, it suddenly makes more economic sense to have disposable cups, disposable chopsticks, disposable cellphones, and computers, makes more sense than ones that last. We've also experienced an incredible comodification, even of basic resources, like water. We now buy our water from Coca Cola. Sixteen years ago none of us had lack of water. All this since that speech in 1992 Yet summit was supposed to be this turned-around conference, It was at the point when the environmental interest was at the high, and the conferences was really supposed to set the tone for environmental sustainable development in the twenty first century. But all of our ecological problems have gotten worse. and the failure of our turn-around ban, means that the chalenge for our generation to deal with this problems

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Duration: 9 minutes and 55 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Views: 137
Posted by: iwcheveg on Jul 19, 2011

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