Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been active in environmental and social justice work since, childhood. In fact, at age nine, she and a few of her friends started the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a group that managed to raise enough money to travel to 1992’s Rio Earth Summit. Cullis-Suzuki, then 12, closed a plenary session at the summit – with a speech powerful enough to earn her a standing ovation from the assembled dignitaries. Now 23, with a BSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale, Cullis-Suzuki continues to speak to schools and corporations, and at many conferences and international meetings.
The recipient of the UN Environment Program’s 1993 Global 500 Award, Cullis-Suzuki recently helped found an Internet-based think-tank called The Skyfish Project. As she is also a member of Kofi Anan’s Special Advisory Panel, she and members of the group brought their first project, a pledge called the Recognition of Responsibility, to the recent UN World Summit in Johannesburg in August 2002.
An accomplished television host and presenter, Cullis-Suzuki has appeared and participated in many programs in Canada, the U.S., and Britain. She has written numerous articles on environmental issues for magazines and newspapers, and has also published a book.