Brittany Trilford of New Zealand was the winner of Tck Tck Tck's "Date With History" speech contest and her prize was the opportunity to speak before heads of state at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Best of all: she's 17 years old. See her address in the video above and check out the transcript of her amazing speech.
At this Earth Summit, Trilford is joined by many others from her generation, who are also voicing their concerns for the future of our planet and sharing stories of their work on environmental issues. We have heard reports from Rio from CEO Matt Petersen and Paul Walker, Director of our Environmental Security and Sustainability Program, about the positive influence of the youth delegates at Rio+20 and at other meetings -- and the student leaders we sent with Green Cross International's "Youth in Action" effort are also reporting that the experience is rewarding and inspiring.