"Voices" We Need To Listen To Closely and Mindfully
Severn Suzuki is an activist and writer who has been speaking out about social justice and environmental issues since she was small. At age 9, she started the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO) with a group of friends committed to learning and teaching others about environmental issues. In 1992, with ECO, Severn attended the Rio Earth Summit, where, at the age of twelve, she delivered a powerful speech that garnered worldwide attention. For this she received the UN Environment Program's Global 500 Award in Beijing the following year. See Here.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg chastised world leaders Monday, Sep. 23, for failing younger generations by not taking sufficient steps to stop climate change. "You have stolen my childhood and my dreams with your empty words," Thunberg said at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York. "You're failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you," she added. Thunberg traveled to the U.S. by sailboat last month so she could appear at the summit. She and other youth activists led international climate strikes on Friday in an attempt to garner awareness ahead of the UN's meeting of political and business leaders. See Here.
RUTGER BREGMAN:'This is my first time at Davos, and I find it quite a bewildering experience, to be honest. I mean, 1,500 private jets have flown in here to hear Sir David Attenborough speak about, you know, how we’re wrecking the planet. I mean, I hear people talking about the language of participation and justice and equality and transparency, but then, I mean, almost no one raises the real issue of tax avoidance, right? And of the rich just not paying their fair share. I mean, it feels like I’m at a firefighters conference and no one’s allowed to speak about water, right? (Plus others). And, more by Rutger Bregman here. And here. And here.
Manish Jain is a leading voice for the 'de-schooling' of our lives and for the regeneration of diverse local knowledge systems. He recently helped to launch the global Ecoversities Network.
In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men -- many of them illiterate -- to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It's called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student who was shot in the head by the Taliban after speaking out for education rights for girls, spoke to the U.N. Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday.
Used to Stand Up For What is Right...(On the USA)
Jeff Daniels in an American TV Series, The Newsroom (2012)
How Do You Justify War? (On the USA)
Acclaimed Film Director, Oliver Stone
Are We Basically a Virus (Not a Spiritual Being)?
Clip from Matrix 1 (Hollywood Movie, 1999)
"You need to have a greater commitment to justice."
Edward Snowden who lives in Moscow.