Ingrid Betancourt2011 Ingrid Betancourt

In 2011 Ingrid Betancourt moved many in the audience to tears with her recollection of years held hostage by FARC guerrillas in the Colombian jungle.

Since her dramatic release from political captivity she has campaigned to free remaining hostages held by the FARC and helped those released readjust to their new lives.

“The first thing we must defeat is our scepticism. Do not let us think of what we have not achieved, but of what we can do and what we must achieve,” says Ingrid.

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Dr David Suzuki

2010 Dr David Suzuki

Dr David Suzuki is an internationally renowned scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster who has spent more than 40 years educating people about science and environmental issues.

His 2010 sold-out Green Oration focussed on his legacy: the summation of the lessons he’s learned over the years that he thinks will be useful for future generations.

“Not long ago, hurricantes, tornadoes, floods, drought, forest fires, even earthquakes and volcanic explosions were accepted as ‘natural disasters’ or ‘acts of God’. But now we have joined God, powerful enough to influence these events.”
- David Suzuki, The Legacy

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Green Oration