Felix sits in the auditorium of a large conference hall in the UN building in New York and listens to the speech of the previous General Secretary, Kofi Annan.  He shifts about nervously in his chair.   Very soon it’ll be his turn and he has the once-in-a-lifetime chance to present his project to heads of state in the audience and to representatives of major charities.   With trembling hands the twelve year old boy pulls a carefully folded piece of paper out of the pocket of his hooded sweater and goes over the first sentences of his speech once more in his head.  His heart thumps as Kofi Annan introduces him…

He gets up and walks a few steps in thought up to the stage, adeptly alters the microphone to the right height, breathes in deeply and begins his speech with the words “Because I’ll live longer than you…” (Click here for the full speech).

On 20th June 2012 as the world watched the struggle taking place at the UN Environmental Conference in Rio for sustainable development, thousands of children all over the world were already taking concrete action for a better future.

Eight cameramen from various different countries were involved in the production.  The part of the film shot in New York forms the climax and end of the film and was shot by Thomas Ch Weber.