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Kids and their power to move us

Take five minutes to watch Severn Suzuki talk to the Rio Summit in 1992:

You may be wondering who this amazing orator and activist is, and where she is now. She is the daughter of Canadian environmental guru, writer and leader David Suzuki. Fifteen years later, she is now an environmental leader in her own right.

Green leaders have known for a long time that legacy is a powerful message. Some have used it to scare us into action, some to inspire. Even hard-nosed venture capitalists have been touched by a responsibility to future generations.

But nothing quite touches you like this speech. My challenge to folks in the climate-aware community is this:

  1. Put your kid(s) on YouTube. Seriously.
  2. Are you a climate professional going to negotiations in Bali? Bring your children, or at least talk about them while you are there.
  3. Does anyone have any connection to Chelsea, the Bush daughters, Malia or Natasha, to ask them to come to Bali and remind of us what we are working on? Imagine if they all showed up…
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