Sneak Preview: YOUR 6 Minute Speech

June 19, 2012 BY Rebecca Davis


During today's Rio+Social event coinciding with Rio+20, the historic UN conference on sustainability, world leaders are convening to address the earth’s biggest sustainability challenges. But you don’t have to be a world leader to join this important discussion about the future we want. Thousands of individuals like YOU have contributed to our “6-Minute Speech Project,” sharing your visions and solutions for a better world. Here is a sneak peak at some of the solutions our supporters like you voiced to let world leaders know how to shape the future you want.

6 Minute Speech


So where did the idea of the 6-minute speech come from? At the last Earth Summit in 1992, a modest yet brave 12-year-old girl named Severn Suzuki stopped the world when she expressed her concerns and hopes for our planet’s future. Her speech stirred thousands of people to take action.

20 years later, we have the chance to do this again – to empower people all over the world to commit in taking action to resolving some of the major sustainability issues our world faces.

Thanks to social media, never before has so many people been connected to each other. Through the power of technology and social media, each of us can add our voice to the important conversation happening in Rio.

Continue the dialogue and share the idea that resonates most with you using your social media networks.


POSTED IN: Social Good, Get Involved, Global Issues, Smart Ideas, United Nations


Submitted by marienO on: June 26, 2012 Who doesn't want a better world? We've had it so good so far. But will my grandkids be assured of this kind of life? I'm responsible. You're responsible. O what a wonderful world it would be, When we stop using all that tissue. Instead use cloth to wipe. Wash. And Gulf News would stop wasting all that paper on advertisements. So close the taps while brushing/flossing (if you floss); also while soaping. And turn your lights on an hour later. Switch off whenever. Remember so much food gets wasted in these parts. So we order less, cook less. And thank God before putting food in our mouths. Find a charity to support, send your clothes/shoes/woolens to that place. Plant something on your road. Let the birds build nests on them. Don't shoot them. Teach children to be polite, respectful, sincere and hardworking, and not to look down on people of other skin color. Maids and laborers are human too. Health care is everyone's prerogative. Doctors and insurance companies, renewed in spirit, having mercy. Greed, Pride and cheats banned from this Utopia. You think this is possible?
Submitted by Saeed Khan Falahi on: June 19, 2012 All the governments in the world must take special steps to remove the poverty and financial discrimination. All the people must be treated as human beings equally.
Submitted by Tim R on: June 19, 2012 Make money irrelevant in terms of power gain so that opportunity cannot be forestalled by a wealthy few.
Submitted by Stefan on: June 19, 2012 Politicians have failed to agree on many crucial issues at rio+20. We must focus on topics that everyone can agree even politicians. End food waste, end the waste of perfectly eatable fish to meet quotas, commitment to 100% recycling, increase crops yields, increase mandatory vehicle efficiency worldwide, etc... These topics and many more will be agreed by all the parties and we would be in the right path to the future we want. Zero deforestation, ocean protection, reducing the impacts of climate change, sustainable energy and more.
Submitted by Cristiano on: June 19, 2012 I think that this meeting in Rio, Won't heve any positive results . This government ( Dilma/Lula ) Don't heve any idea to protect the world . It's a corrupt and mediocre government
Submitted by Jo Raja on: June 19, 2012 is global aid sustainable 100 yrs forward? i sincerely hope we addressed this 50 years ago.

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