Thursday, 21 June 2012

"Are you here to save face or save us?" - Voice of NZ teen at Rio+20

By Ms. Brianna Fruean, aged 14 years, Samoa

Statement by Brittany Trilford to the high level plenary
21 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro - Brittany Trilford a seventeen year old from New Zealand won the chance of a life time, to address the world leaders at the Rio+20 first plenary, a global competition was set up “Date with history”.

It was a competition that people from the ages of 13 to 30 submitted videos of the speech they would say to the world leaders at Rio+20. These entries were judged by a panel including famous actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Ms Trilford delivered her statement to the high level plenary at Rio+20.

“I stand here with fire in my heart, I am confused and angry at the state of the world and I want us to work together now to change this, we are here today to solve the problems that we have caused as a collective to ensure that we have a future.”

The responses to her statement on Twitter have been excellent.

“Hopefully the words of Brittany Trilford are ringing in every politician's ears” tweeted one of her supporters.

This young lady has indeed sent her message to the 130 world leaders.

“We the next generation demand change, demand action so that we can have a future…we trust you to put our interests before all other interests and boldly do the right thing…..are you here to save face or to save us?” was Brittany Trilford’s final words.

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