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Feb 26, 2014 - Environmental activist Severn Suzuki in Japan: Love is the Movement
Severn Suzuki speaks at a press conference in Tokyo
Peace Boat recently supported Severn Suzuki's speaking tour in Japan, "Love is the Movement," as one of 20 NGOs organizing the programme and supporting through interpretation at events.

"If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!" said Severn as a 12 year old girl, speaking in front of numerous world political leaders at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. This speech touched many people around the world, and Severn has since worked internationally as an environmental activist. This is her first visit to Japan in 6 years.?

"So what has changed in the past 20 years? As a 12 year old girl, I believed in the power of world political leaders. I thought, if only our message is conveyed to them, the world will change. But the vehicle of the world, the background power of this whole world, has changed in the 20 years. The actual power lies not in the hand of the governments anymore, but with the big corporations. And the world leaders cannot make decisions without thinking about economic growth. The system we built does not allow governments to freely speak out or take action. Now I believe in the power of the people, not governments. The will of ordinary people is the change maker of this world now."

Watch Severn speaking at the press conference held in Tokyo on February 12, 2014 here:


Severn Suzuki with Takamura Miharu of Minamisoma, Fukushima at the Rio+20 Conference in 2012
Let us use this opportunity to share another message from Severn: A follow up Earth Summit, known as "Rio+20," was held in Brazil in June 2012. Peace Boat participated together with a delegation of citizens from Fukushima, and below is a message given from Severn at that time to mothers in Japan:

"I've seen mothers become like mother bears thinking that their children are in danger. There's nothing more strong than that. And because of that force, that you see when your child is in danger, that force is what we have to use, in order to stop any other power that is going to challenge their future - that is going to put a danger to our children. And that's what we're talking about when we're talking about nuclear power. We're talking about a danger and a risk so great it won't just affect our children, it will affect our childrens', childrens', childrens' children. And that is what we're talking about. We're talking about inter-generational crime. But because of the power of mothers I know we will stop this. Thank you. Gambatte kudasai!"

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