Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been active in environmental and social justice since she was a child. She founded the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO) aged 9. ECO was a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. In 1992 they raised enough money to go to the UN's Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Severn addressed the representatives at the summit with a powerful speech aged only 12 years. Her aim was to remind the adult world of whom their actions or inactions would ultimately affect.