It only takes one young person to start a domino effect
20 years ago, at the age of 12, Severn Suzuki captured the world with her courage and honesty at the UN Earth Summit in 1992. She was named the girl who silenced the world for 6 minutes and demanded adults to change their ways.
Today, Severn Suzuki is still fighting for our future. She is urging us to define our values, take individual responsibility and listen to scientists. This amazing woman, not much older than me, stands for what she believes in and is an inspiration to leaders of change. As an educator and student leadership facilitator at a Secondary School in Australia, I have personally seen how the voice of Severn is empowering young people to make a change to their communities.
Brentwood Secondary in Victoria, Australia has a strong environmental program supported by an enthusiastic group of staff. Recently, the Green Team shared their story with other youth around the globe in the British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) World’s Biggest Assembly. The Green Team’s message was clear,” the choices you make today can affect the person you are tomorrow. There are lots we can do, but lots we must do. Hug the Polar bear while you still can.”

This footage  below  was seen by Jeju Dong Middle School in South Korea and they sent a photo to BBC.
Severn Suzuki is a domino effect. Her voice 20 years ago continues to motivate others and inspires them to take action. Youth in particular, I believe, relate to her because leaders of change are portrayed in the media as adults.
As I stood next to Severn today, I realised that youth is not just a period of life, but rather a link between the present and past. What we can we do today, manifests our dreams for our future. It only takes one person to stand up and share their voice. As a Commonwealth youth representative, I encourage you to all share your stories. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, your experiences can connect and inspire other youth to make the change they want to see in the world.

Ms. Raquel Woods.

CYCN delegates with Severn Suzuki






Greetings from Brasil!
By Simon Matafai and Anam Gill
It is overwhelming to think that we are actually in Brazil; a country overflowing with vibrant cultures, food & beautiful people. The Rio+20 UN Earth Summit is well on the way with numerous side events and the preparatory talks in motion.
The marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro also known as “Cidade Maravilhosa” welcomed people from diverse backgrounds for the various events taking place simultaneously.

Starting off with World Youth Congress, which is a biennial gathering of young activists from all over the world who are focused on expanding the role of youth in sustainable development.
Then comes the Youth Blast -Youth Conference for the Rio +20, which took place from 7 to 12 June 2012, this was the official event of (Major Group for Children and Youth) Commission on Sustainable Development of the UN. The Conference offered a diverse program with workshops, trainings, lectures, self-organized activities and trainings.
From 13 June onwards in the context of Rio+20 UN Earth Summit we have been flat out attending various events ranging from talks on green jobs, the importance of youth in these discussions and meeting many like-minded, passionate leaders.
We are now preparing for our first side event where we will be sharing our stories & experiences in relation to sustainable development. This event will be held at the Museu da Republica tomorrow at 2:30pm.
Overall, everything is going well. It is fantastic getting to know each other and building our team foundation in order for this delegation to be a success. I leave you with a quote that was mentioned in a talk today; ‘No investment in youth is an investment in failure’. Youth empowerment is integral in ensuring a brighter future. We are indeed tomorrow’s future; today. Keep posted with our movements on Facebook, Twitter & Website. Many thanks again to the Commonwealth Secretariat for this invaluable opportunity to contribute to our future. Watch this space!


Posted by , June 15, 2012 9:26 pm

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