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Severn Cullis-Suzuki - Biography

In 1992, 12-year-old Canadian Severn Cullis-Suzuki shot to fame as an icon of the environmental movement when she spoke at the Earth Summit in Rio, appealing, with eloquence and passion, to world leaders to protect Earth not for the sake of politics or economics but for the families they love. The speech, now known as "The Girl Who Silenced the World for 6 Minutes”, continues to inspire a second generation of youth – many of whom don't know it's two decades old. Today, Severn lives with her husband and son in HaidaGwaii – an archipelago on the west coast of Canada – and is preparing to attend Rio+20 as part of WE CANada, an initiative to bring the diversity of Canadian voices to the attention of its government and to Rio+20.