A seven-year-old Australian girl dubbed ‘the next Greta Thunberg’ is about to gain an international audience by delivering a major speech.
Her seven-minute speech will be promoted by UNICEF and shown to new parents in maternity wards around the world.
There are more than 30million people who follow TED for its short talks on all areas of knowledge.
Molly’s speech is about the dangers of parents who spend more time on their digital devices than paying attention to their children.
‘I know it’s important for adults to use their devices sometimes but kids are hard wired to seek out meaningful connections,” Molly says in the seven-minute speech.
‘Our brains grow faster in the early years than at any other time in our lives – connect, talk and play with us.’
‘Interactions early and often matter,’ Molly says at one point in the talk. ‘Take it from me, the seven-year-old up here talking about brain science,’ she jokes, as the audience laugh.
Molly’s speech on the dangers of parents spending more time on their devices rather than paying attention to their children will be seen by more than 30million people
The seven-year-old is the youngest person to deliver TED talk, after being suggested by Australian childhood education organisation Thrive for Five
Molly was suggested for the speech by Thrive for Five, the organisation headed by former South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to campaign for better early education options for children.
It’s backed by the Minderoo Foundation, the philanthropic foundation started by mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola.
Responding to suggestions she was treading the same path as Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, whose school ‘strike’ at age 15 to draw attention to climate change became a worldwide phenomenon, Molly told News Limited it would be ‘a dream come true to do that for early education’.
‘I feel like I would help so many people,’ she said.
‘Molly, I have no words,’ Ally Wright, Molly’s mother, posed on Facebook.
‘You are one very special little lady who might actually just change the world one day.’
The budding actress already has a profile on movies database IMDB.com, with a credit in 2021 TV movie Kidnapped, and management in Australia and the US.
‘Molly is trained in jazz, tap, ballet, acro and aerial dancing and has performed on stage at The Home of the Arts Theatre,’ her bio says.
‘She has a great ear for all accents, has a reading age of 12 and is undertaking piano and singing lessons, preferring musical theatre and rock.’
Molly’s promotional shot from her IMDB.com profile. She already has an appearance in a TV thriller under her belt
The schoolgirl also created Molly’s Wildlife Warriors to raise funds for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast
An animal lover, Molly also created Molly’s Wildlife Warriors to raise funds for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast.
‘Molly is a seven-year-old actor, who has been fortunate enough to spend time around humanitarians and animal activists,’ mother Ally wrote on the justigivng.com fundraising site.
‘Inspired by what she has seen and heard, and the people around her, Molly has set up a team of 40 wonderful children, who will spend the coming months taking on challenges to raise money for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.’
Her mother also revealed Molly would be featured on Nine’s A Current Affair tonight.