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The Girl Who Silenced The U.N For Five Minutes

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Kimberly Monteilh

on 27 September 2013

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The Girl Who Silenced The U.N For Five Minutes

This speech is about a girl named Severn Cullis-Suzuki who presents and environmental protest to the U.N in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio Centro. She emphasizes about the importance of the nature and the animals and how we are destroying the planet. Severn explains about the importance and awareness of nature. How we are destroying our own planet, and that we should love and cared about the planet.
This young girl's purpose is to expand the awareness of the environment and how it's dying. She tries to make the people consider the effects their behavior have on other generations and on themselves, and how we should be able to keep our planet safe, because its our home and its our duty to respect it and cherish it.
I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard.
In my life, I have dreamed 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.
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.
Persuasive Appeals
Rhetorical Devices

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.
You are what you do, not what you say.
Rhetorical Questions
Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do?
But I don't think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities?
If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy?
Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age?

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 can't bring back forests that once grew where there is now desert.
You don't know how to bring back an animal now extinct.

And now we hear about animals and plants going extinct every day, vanishing forever.

All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions.
If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy?
The Speaker, wins the peoples attention with this Persuasive Appeals because she explains to the world in ways they will be able to connect, by using powerful words and reflexions that will make the readers connect with her in an emotional level. She also shows facts which helps prove her point. Through the whole speech this young girl talks about the right and the wrong things she sees in humanity, and how adults emphasize us to do the right thing in life when they don't act on their own words and how she sees it unfair.
I am only a child
I am
To work things out,
To respect others,
To clean up our mess
To share
The Rhetorical Devices help us understand better the forms of speech the narrator uses emphasizing in the way we should all feel and reflex. It gives us ways to connect with the speech by a few phrases which catch on to the people helping them understand and realize what the narrator tries to say. The words she repeats are usually for people to understand and realize that just a young girl was able to make adults reflect the mistakes they are causing to their own families. The Rhetorical questions help the readers analyze things in her point of view.
Keep Our Planet Safe!
By: Kimberly Monteilh and Victor Alfonso
We love Suzuki's speech and the clever use of words that she used to emphazise her love, care, and interest in the nature around her. I feel as if we should need people like her, or at least begin to care about he world around us, after all, we are killing it. It's time for an upgrade.

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