Paul Hawken's speech at the bioneers conference on the worlds largest movement, the hundreds of thousands of grassroots organizations that address social and environmental justice.

Copyright Bioneers, 2006 Bioneers Conference: Provided by Northcutt Productions


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As Parents we have a responsibility to lead the way in what it looks and feels like to

actively care for one another and for our environment. Lead by our actions not by our


As Severn Suzuki said in her address to the UN at the age of 12 while at school:

"Even in kindergarten you teach us how 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 and not be greedy. Then why do you go out and do the things that you tell us not to do”.

Please watch her very powerful speech (Please note: This video will take you to YouTube)

Our children and our youth are our greatest hope

“Growing up and becoming a caring person is dependent on the kinds of experiences we have when we are young. Children are not born with the ability to care fully formed; they develop into caring individuals by how we work with them, how we model our behaviour, what we teach them, and what we do together,”

says Diane Levin, PHD. author of Remote Control Childhood.

Respect What Your School-Age Child Cares About:

  • Help your children/youth take action on issues important to them.
  • If she/he cares about helping animals, suggest she volunteer at an animal shelter, or make a donation to a wildlife organisation.
  • If he/she is concerned about hunger, volunteer together to serve a meal in a soup kitchen.
  • If she/he cares about the environment; help her organise a block-wide street clean up, and pickan organisation that does environmental action.

** Follow your passions, and success will follow you ** Nothing in life is stacked against you in your life except your own thinking ** When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth ** Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at ** Every youth owes himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him ** A man in the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else ** You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is enough! You must take action ** All achievement is the triumph of persistence **