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  1. Inspirational speech

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    This is an old video i watched years back.


    Hello, I’m Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O. – The Environmental Children’s Organisation.

    We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds from Canada trying to make a difference:
    Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. We raised all the money ourselves to come six thousand miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future.

    Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come.

    I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard.

    I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go. We cannot afford to be not heard.

    I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in the ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I don’t know what chemicals are in it.

    I used to go fishing in Vancouver with my dad until just a few years ago we found the fish full of cancers. And now we hear about animals and plants going exinct every day — vanishing forever.

    In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterfilies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.

    Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age?

    All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realise, neither do you!

    * You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer.
    * You don’t know how to bring salmon back up a dead stream.
    * You don’t know how to bring back an animal now extinct.
    * And you can’t bring back forests that once grew where there is now desert.

    If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!

    Here, you may be delegates of your governments, business people, organisers, reporters or poiticians – but really you are mothers and fathers, brothers and sister, aunts and uncles – and all of you are somebody’s child.

    I’m only a child yet I know we are all part of a family, five billion strong, in fact, 30 million species strong and we all share the same air, water and soil — borders and governments will never change that.

    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.

    In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, and yet northern countries will not share with the needy. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to lose some of our wealth, afraid to share.

    In Canada, we live the privileged life, with plenty of food, water and shelter — we have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets.

    Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent some time with some children living on the streets. And this is what one child told us: “I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicine, shelter and love and affection.”

    If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why are we who have everyting still so greedy?

    I can’t stop thinking that these children are my age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born, that I could be one of those children living in the Favellas of Rio; I could be a child starving in Somalia; a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India.

    I’m only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this earth would be!

    At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world. You teach us:

    * not to fight with others,
    * to work things out,
    * to respect others,
    * to clean up our mess,
    * not to hurt other creatures
    * to share – not be greedy.

    Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do?

    Do not forget why you’re attending these conferences, who you’re doing this for — we are your own children. You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying “everyting’s going to be alright” , “we’re doing the best we can” and “it’s not the end of the world”.

    But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My father always says “You are what you do, not what you say.”

    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. Thank you for listening.

    This speech was given at the UN Earth Summit that took place in Rio de Janeiro 1992. After almost 20 years. Our world is still the same!

    Look what happen to this seal

    This is the man who's responsible for the cruelty. He was sent to jail for two years for willfully ill-treating 23 seals by clubbing them to death with a pipe near Kaikoura on November 26.

    Read the story here
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  2. Hold my hand

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    When we do something, there’s no need justification to why we did it. I think the more you say the more people will try to prove you wrong. I learn it the hard way.

    People LOVE passing judgment, that’s human!

    I read newspaper everyday, and what I hate about reading them is this uneasy, discontented feeling you get reading about how unkind human can be. Sometimes you wonder what’s going on in their head that they did what they did; Rape, manslaughter, stabbing and injuring woman, snatching people’s handbags, recent acid splashing and cruelty.

    Should we blame the parents or the government? Or is it our fault as a community? If I am to reason every crime committed, I bet I’ll be in a mental house! I think what we should is not ponder on the why but instead we should start thinking about how we can help reduce the crime.

    I think the most we can do is either voice out our concern to the media and help in any kind we can. But we cannot take justice into our hands.

    I think the two ‘boys’ who went into hiding are scared. I am not sure if they have repent their sin or not but they are being immature. They should face the public and apologize because what they did is unforgivable to some, as we’ve read cats lovers’ respond on their apologies on facebook.

    I think people want to see them crying and pleading publicly, maybe if we hear the ‘sad stories’ coming out of their mouth we’ll be more forgiving? Even then if we still cannot forgive them, what more should they do to make you forgive?

    I think it’s just a sad case of not wanting to forgive, EVER!

    This is a case of abandoning pets to death. Is it so much different from committing the crime with your bare hands? Should we start defining cruelty? Cruel, not so cruel not cruel… Any act of cruelty is cruel. It’s the same like forgiving. You cannot be selective in forgiving.

    I couldn’t imagine myself in a state of belief where we choose who to forgive or what types of crime to forgive.

    It’s the same thing as voicing out your opinion, we are finicky when it comes to what should or shouldn’t been said publicly.

    Justification to why we forgive, why we don’t want to forgive, why we do this etc are just too dreary.

    Bottom line. Somebody commit a crime, we forgive or we don’t. It’s as simple as that.

    It’s also the same thing like asking people to care about animal cruelty, asking people to start voicing out on behalf of these voiceless animals.

    It’s very hard to convince people to forgive, like it is asking people to care.

    Look what happen now after the government launch of No Plastic Bags on Saturday? We still see majority of people asking for plastic bags. Same goes to anti-smoking programmes.

    It’s hard, people refuse to listen.

    You want people to care, but you don’t want to forgive. It works both ways. God almighty is watching, we should do all we can to improve ourselves. We shouldn’t stop learning, learning to care about living creature, learning to be more forgiving.

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  3. Dissapointment

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    You care, you read.
    You see something is wrong.
    You stop reading. But you still care...
    You just don't want to face the negativity surrounding the issue you care.

    But you still want justice, you still want to read...
    But you don't want to get hurt.

    So, what should you do?

    Don't care?

    I'm tired and I'm sad. I care too much it hurts.
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  4. Petknode Fiasco

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    I urge everyone to stop sending negative, bad, snide remarks to Petknode Cat Boarding. No I am not their accomplice, staff nor family member. I am just a fellow Muslim and Human being, who is also a cat lover and have about 30 cats. Have conscience and compassion, we are born flawed and fallible. God made us that way so we have some sense of humility. Both the owners had shown some sign of remorse by issuing an apology; it’s enough for me because that shows they are still human. Whatever we do or say will not bring back the dead nor return health to all other cats that were ill-treated. What we should all do now is move forward, stop pointing finger here and there, instead ask yourself, what can you do to help stray or feral cats? Do you adopt a stray cat or buy one? If you point your finger at someone, REMEMBER there are 3 more pointing at you!

    Let us all be Kind and Forgiving.

    Happy Eid!

    I post this message on my FB and i tagged Petknode Cat Boarding. I guess it was a mistake on my part for believing that humans are capable of showing compassion. Well yeah i know it's hard. No one is saying it's easy but at least u should show respect to people who are trying to look things from a different perspective.

    I'm not a bandwagonist, i dont go with the flow. I refuse to be in the crowd filled with anger and hatred. To be negative and stay that way is easier, hands down! We are define by the choices we made so i choose to stay positive. =D

    I felt sorry to people who fail to see the bigger picture

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