Sunrise

Sunrise at Copacabana, Rio de Janiero WYD

Sunrise at Copacabana, Rio de Janiero WYD

Sunrise at Copacabana beach greeted my two nieces together with 3 million youth waiting for the finale of World Youth Day at Rio de Janiero.
 
 
 

You Must Change Your Ways….

As I get older and wiser, I am more aware of the children and their concerns for their future.  My hope that there will be a home for them I call Mother Earth. 
I want them to enjoy Mother Earth as I did when I was younger, in nature, to know all living creatures big and small. 
Recently, two high school students came to our meeting to voice their fears about their future.  They are young activities.  These students needed our help financially to help them kick off their environmental campaign against the government’s plan of expanding the Coal Harbor. 
We could hear from their voice how distressing it is for them to grow up in a polluted place in Vancouver.  We could feel their fear and we supported them, financially, just enough funds to help them pay for the flyers, bulletins and maybe buttons. 
What a courageous and remarkable young minds. 
In 1992, a 12-year old girl traveled all the way to Rio de Janeiro and spoke to the United Nations Earth Summit about her concerns on climate change.  She spoke for five minutes, five minutes that silenced the world.  
That little girl came from Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Her name is Severn Cullis-Suzuki, daughter of David Suzuki, a Canadian environmentalist.  This is an excerpt of her speech. 
“I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in our 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, my home, with my dad until just a few years ago we found the fish full of cancers. And now we hear of animals and plants going extinct 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 butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see. Did you have to worry of these 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!” 
 
21 years later, nothing has changed.  She returned to Rio again in 2012. She explains from a new perspective why it is that she believes humanity will act to change our future. 
If you don’t know how to fix Mother Earth, please stop breaking her.  Be part of the solution.
 
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And they are off…

And they are off. 
 My two nieces are off to Brazil to attend World Youth Day. 
The girls are so good in informing the whole family with their activities in Facebook to keep us calm. 
The first message was:  “We have arrived, so where’s or luggage!” 
Oh dear Lord, is this a sign of what is yet to come?  We are such a worry wart here in Canada.  In the meantime while they are waiting for their luggages that took forever to find, the girls have flooded the Facebook with pictures.  
The second message was: “We are accosted by weird people”  
I took a look at the picture and replied back: “Don’t worry, he has no brain.  The man behind him has no courage anyway and the lady behind them doesn’t have a dog whose bark could kill.”  
The Wizard of Oz
 Good times, good times.  Still no luggage.  I wonder where they got those clothes? 
Well, if they are not worried; why should we. 
Eventually, the luggages came and the first thing they put was their bathing suit. 
Off to the beach.
Hands down
They are enjoying life and tomorrow, June 23, World Youth Day will officially start and ends on June 28.  Now that will be serious business and let’s see what messages we will receive.
 
Related Link: World Youth Day