Saturday, October 1, 2011

Global Revolution

It's the weekend and finally I am sitting in my backyard. I put on my big sweater and I am enjoying the almost chilly weather. Fall is here. There is a lot going on outside in NY and more than just pumpkins appearing on porches or cats and bees observing each other.  As some of you may have heard or noticed or even be part of, there is an ongoing demonstration in big cities around the country. I am bringing this up because as Paul Hawkins suggests in Blessed Unrest, it's all connected: "social, economic and environmental movement should all be seen as one movement"
The Wall Street occupation* and the Global revolution are connected to what we have been learning and we are back in school for.
We have been talking in EBR class about the new generations of kids versus older generations and how much each knew, cared or fought for our environment and sustainable ideologies. How much connected to nature and environment are they? will they care about sustainability as much as we do? etc.
I would like to share with my colleagues two videos: one from the nineties (that would be our generation) and one from few months ago. Both are speeches from young teenagers. See for yourself:

The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes:

School Student speech- London protest retrospective: 

*If you want to follow the Wall Street occupation, check here:


  1. I really like the video of the girl who silenced the world in 5 minutes. This is so great. I wonder what she does now, if she is an activist for sustainability. Her words are so powerful even today maybe even more today than the day she said this speech. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Hey Ole, I looked her up on wiki: Severn Cullis-Suzuki (born 30 November 1979 in Vancouver, Canada) is a Canadian environmental activist, speaker, television host and author. She has spoken around the world about environmental issues, urging listeners to define their values, act with the future in mind, and take individual age 9, she founded the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO), a group of children dedicated to learning and teaching other youngsters about environmental issues. In 1992, at age 12, Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

  3. I am struck by the strength of the young man...but also struck by how little this video tells us of his issues. He is a strong voice for change, but if the media tell us so little about what he is supporting -- other than solidarity with other strikers - we are left with little information on which to act.