04 Jun '12, 12pm

17-year-old tells world leaders to step up, give her a future

If you had just a few minutes to address world leaders — to give the ultimate “My Fellow Earthlings” speech — what would you say? That was essentially the question behind A Date With History , a challenge sponsored by the climate campaign Tcktcktck , the Natural Resources Defense Council , and Climate Nexus . They invited anyone between the ages of 13-30 to write a speech addressing the attendees of the Earth Summit in Rio next month. Tell the bigwigs about what kind of future you want, they said. The best speechifier will win a trip to Rio — and possibly a chance to address the gathering in person. The videos streamed in from the far corners of the planet. The web-surfing public narrowed the field to 22. And a star-studded jury including Leonardo DiCaprio and Daryl Hannah picked the winner. Her name is Brittany Trilford. She’s 17, from Wellington, New Zealand, and yeah, s...

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/seventeen-year-old-tells-world-...

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