用我们每个人的力量来改变世界


09-06-09

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用我们每个人的力量来改变世界


公元1992年6月11日,联合国公元地球环境高峰会议,于巴西里约热内卢召开。一位12岁的加拿大女孩,在冠盖云集的世界各国领导人面前,发表了一篇仅有6分钟的演说。她的演讲,让人们大受感动,并在全球广为流传。

曾几何时,已被大家称作“里约的传奇演讲”

用我们每个人的力量来改变世界”,谨将女孩这句流传全球的话献给您

ECO(儿童环保团体) ,瑟玟.铃木的演说


大家好,我是瑟玟.铃木,代表ECO发言。ECO是儿童环保团体(Environmental Children's Organization)的缩写。

我们是一群12岁到13岁的加拿大儿童团体,为了改变世界的现状而努力。我们自筹旅费,从加拿大来到巴西,经历一万公里的旅程,只为了告诉各位大人们,必须改变现在的世界。

今天我来到这里,没有隐藏的动机。我从事环保运动,是为了自己的未来而奋斗。失去自己的未来,跟选举落败和股票惨跌是不能一概而论的。

我在此要说的内容,是为了所有活在未来的孩子,也为了世界上那些饱受饥饿之苦,却无人关心的孩子们,以及无路可走而死亡殆尽的无数动物。

我现在很怕站在太阳底下,因为臭氧层有破洞。就连呼吸都会感到害怕,因为空气中可能会有毒。我跟爸爸常去温哥华钓鱼,直到几年前,发现了得癌症的鱼为止。而现在,我们几乎每天都会听到动植物绝种的消息,牠们永远不会再活过来了。

我这一生当中有个梦想,希望有一天能够看到一片丛林,里头有各种野生动物和许多飞舞的鸟儿、蝴蝶。可是,到了我们的下一代,是不是再也无法拥有这样的梦想?

你们在我这个年纪时,是否曾经担心过这样的问题呢?这么重要的事情,并且事态如此严重,我们人类却仍然用不以为意的态度来面对。

我只是个小孩,坦白说,不知道该如何挽救这个危机。可是,希望你们大人能够明白,即使是你们也无法解决!

你们不知道,该如何填补臭氧层的破洞吧?

你们不知道,该如何让鲑鱼重回变成死水的河川吧?

你们不知道,该如何才能让绝种的动物复活吧?

还有,现在已经变成沙漠的地方,你们也不知道该如何再造成森林吧? 如果不知道该如何恢复,就请别再继续破坏下去吧!

在座当中除了政府、企业和团体人士的代表,也许还有媒体人士和政治家吧?你们是别人的母亲、父亲、姐妹、兄弟、叔叔伯伯、阿姨婶婶,而你们每个人同样也都是为人子女吧!

我还是个孩子,但我知道在场的每个人,都是同一个大家庭的一员。我们是个拥有五十亿以上人口的大家庭。不,其实,是由三千万种生物所构成的家庭。无论国境与各国政府如何将我们区隔,这一点仍然不会改变。

虽然我是个孩子,但是我明白,大家身为这个大家庭的一员,就必须为单一的目标团结行动。

我很愤怒,却没有迷失自己。我很害怕,可是,要把自己的感受传达给全世界,我却不害怕。

在我的国家,我们浪费了很多东西。买了就丢,然后再买过又再丢。这样浪费物资的北方国家,根本无法将资源共享给贫困的国家。即使物资充裕,我们却害怕施舍、害怕失去自己手中的资产。在加拿大的我们,享有充分的饮食与居家生活。时钟、脚踏车、计算机、电视…… 要数遍我们所拥有的东西,大概要花上好几天吧!

两天前,我在巴西这里,遇到一群无家可归的流浪儿。我们很惊讶,因为其中有个孩子跟我们说:“我真想变有钱。”

如果我有钱的话,我要给所有无家可归的孩子们,食物、衣服、药品、房子,以及爱与温暖。”一个失去一切的流浪儿,都会想到互相分享,那么拥有一切的我们,又为什么要这么贪婪?

这些不幸的孩子们,年纪都和我相仿,令我无法忘怀。我们出生在不同的地方,却过着如此天差地别的人生。我可能也会是住在里约贫民窟的孩子之一,或是索马利亚的饥饿儿童、中东战争的牺牲者,又或许是在印度当乞丐。

我虽然还是孩子,却很清楚,如果把花在战争上的钱,全部用来解决贫穷与环境问题,地球将会变成一颗美丽的星球吧!在学校,甚至在幼儿园,你们大人们教导我们要举止得当。你们教导我们要合作,而不要互相争斗;要尊重别人,要管好自己的事,而不要干涉别人;要互相分享,而不要贪婪。那为什么你们大人还要在世界上做那些你们教导我们不要做的事呢?

不要忘记你们为什么要参加这次会议,不要忘记你们是为了你们的后代。你们的所作所为决定了我们长大以后的世界是什么样子。父母们应该能安慰他们的孩子说,“一切都会好起来的”,“我们在尽我们最大的努力”,“世界还有的救”。但是我却以为你们不再能对我们讲那些话了。我们究竟还在不在你们的考虑之列?我的父亲总是说“不在于你说什么,而在于你做什么。”而你们大人现在的所作所为让我整夜哭泣难眠。你们大人们总是说你们爱我们。我希望你们能言行一致。

谢谢。


Hello, I'm Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O. - The Environmental Children's organization. We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds from Canada trying to make a difference: Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me.We raised all the money ourselves to come six thousand miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go. We cannot afford to be not heard.

I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in the ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I don't know what chemicals are in it. I used to go fishing in Vancouver with my dad until just a few years ago we found the fish full of cancers. And now we hear about animals and plants going extinct every day - vanishing forever.

In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.

Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I'm only a child and I don't have all the solutions, but I want you to realize, neither do you!

You don't know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer.

You don't know how to bring salmon back up a dead stream.

You don't know how to bring back an animal now extinct.

And you can't bring back forests that once grew where there is now desert.

If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!

Here, you may be delegates of your governments, business people, organizers , reporters or politicians - but really you are mothers and fathers, brothers and sister, aunts and uncles - and all of you are somebody's child. I'm only a child yet I know we are all part of a family, five billion strong, in fact, 30 million species strong and we all share the same air, water and soil - borders and governments will never change that.

I'm only a child yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal. In my anger, I am not blind, and in my fear, I am not afraid to tell the world how I feel. In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, and yet northern countries will not share with the needy. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to lose some of our wealth, afraid to share. In Canada, we live the privileged life, with plenty of food, water and shelter - we have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets.

Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent some time with some children living on the streets. And this is what one child told us: "I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicine, shelter and love and affection." If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy? I can't stop thinking that these children are my age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born, that I could be one of those children living in the Favellas of Rio; I could be a child starving in Somalia; a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India.

I'm only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on spending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this earth would be! At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world. You teach us: not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share - not be greedy. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do?

Do not forget why you're attending these conferences, who you're doing this for - we are your own children. You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying "everything's going to be alright', "we're doing the best we can" and "it's not the end of the world". But I don't think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My father always says "You are what you do, not what you say." Well, what you do makes me cry at night. you grown ups say you love us. I challenge you, please make your actions reflect your words.

Thank you for listening.