More than 200 people around the world entered TckTckTck's Date with History competition for a chance to tell world leaders at the Rio Earth Summit this month about the future they want. The entry by 17-year-old Brittany Trilford of Wellington, New Zealand, was chosen as the winner. Her impassioned call for action highlights the important role education plays in creating a better world. She says:
"We need innovation and imagination. So one solution would be to change our education system to embrace creativity, to embrace innovation."
As Brittany mentions, many of the people in leadership roles today won't have to reap the consequences of their actions. So what kind of future does Brittany want?
"I want a future where education encourages innovative thinking. I want a future where we run with natural processes and not against them. I want a future where leaders will stop talking and start acting. I want a future where leaders lead."
Watch Brittany's video (about 3 min):
Brittany will be speaking to more than 130 leaders at the Rio+20 Earth Summit today (June 20).
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