Re: “Rio Summit Seems Like a Waste of Time For Canada” (Brandon Sun, June 23)
Yes, readers, I have to agree. From the impressions that I have formed, this most recent United Nations Conference in Brazil and attended by those in Canada’s government who represent and wear the badge of environment was a total vacuum — meaning nothing!
Environment Minister Peter Kent says he recognizes and appreciates the narrow focus that environmentalists want to achieve but adds that jobs are at stake and economy and society must be considered.
He chastises their efforts, stating “there is a fine balance between sustainability and prosperity.”
Little does he realize or want to accept that without the dedicated protection and sustainability of our environment there will be no jobs, no economy and no prosperity. And definitely no need for any environment ministers.
Twenty years ago at the Earth Summit meeting in Rio, a 13-year-old girl stood up, faced an audience and spoke for all Canadians. She acted as a conscience for the grown-ups.
She had no hidden agenda. She was fighting for her future and speaking for all future generations yet to come. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market, she said. I am only a child, and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realize, neither do you.
There were standing ovations and people wept openly after her emphatic message.
She didn’t have a name tag as “The Environment Minister of Canada.”
Her name tag read “Severn Cullis-Suzuki.”
Let us hope it doesn’t take an environmental apocalypse before we listen to our children.
Most children can see with clarity and innocence and tell it, like it is.
Together, we all have a role to play.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 26, 2012