I am pleased to sign this important proclamation for the Centre for Child Honouring's Children and Nonviolence Initiative, and look forward to a renewal of energy for the public and world leaders to act in concert for the world's young people.

Rev. Ruth Cairns, Minister, Salt Spring United Church, Canada

Raffi & Sustainability

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“Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock exchange.”  Severn Cullis-Suzuki (age 12, Rio, Brazil, 1992)

For decades, my twin passions have been children and ecology, and writing songs has been a way for me to communicate this. I’m thrilled that so many of these songs including Baby Beluga have resonated with so many people who grew up singing them, and now share them with their own children.

Since I heard David Suzuki’s 1989 radio series “A Matter of Survival”, which moved me greatly, I have been working more directly in addressing the environmental crises we face. 

I’m grateful to contribute to global summits and work with eminent thinkers. But the way to healthy and transformative change resides in each one of us, acting in more sustainable ways in our everyday lives.  The Child Honouring philosophy asks that we look at the Earth through the lens of “what are we providing for our children’s future?” Are we respecting Mother Earth as all children’s habitat?

Please join me in advocating for and making sustainable choices in every way you can – at home, at work and at play.

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