Cullis-Suzuki was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her mother is writer Tara Elizabeth Cullis. Her father, geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki, is a third-generation Japanese Canadian. While attending Lord Tennyson Elementary School in French Immersion, at 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. Along with group members Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie, and Morgan Geisler, Cullis-Suzuki presented environmental issues from a youth perspective at the summit, where she was applauded for a speech to the delegates. You can read more about her here.
Below, is a video of the speech she gave in 1992, at the summit.
Cullis-Suzuki graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology. She is still trying to make the world a better place. I'm not sure anyone is listening though. The fish that she spoke of becoming cancerous in British Columbia in the early 1990s are becoming much more common these days and some species that she mentions disappearing, are disappearing at a far more alarming rate now... as evident from a recent article on the CTV network titled, Study: Amphibians disappearing at alarming rate.
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