A seven-year-old Australian girl dubbed ‘the next Greta Thunberg’ is about to draw an international audience by delivering an important speech.
Gold Coast schoolgirl Molly Wright, an aspiring actress, will be one of the youngest people to ever… TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talk.
Her seven-minute speech is being promoted by UNICEF and shown to new parents in maternity wards around the world.
There are over 30 million people who follow TED for its short talks on all areas of knowledge.
Molly’s talk addresses the dangers of parents spending more time on their digital devices than their children.
“I know it’s important for adults to use their devices sometimes, but kids are determined to find meaningful connections,” Molly said 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 matter early and often,” Molly says at one point in the conversation. “Take it from me, the seven-year-old talking about brain science here,” she jokes as the audience laughs.
Molly’s talk about the dangers of parents spending more time on their devices instead of paying attention to their children will be seen by more than 30 million people
The seven-year-old is the youngest person to give a TED talk after being introduced by Australian children’s education organization Thrive for Five
Molly was introduced for the speech by Thrive for Five, the organization led by former South Australian Prime Minister Jay Weatherill to campaign for better early education options for children.
It is supported by the Minderoo Foundation, the philanthropic foundation founded by mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola.
Responding to suggestions she took the same path as Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, whose school went on strike at the age of 15 to draw attention to climate change became a global phenomenon, Molly told News Limited it would be “a dream come true.” to do that for early schooling’.
“I feel like I would help so many people,” she said.
“Molly, I have no words for it,” Ally Wright, Molly’s mother, posed on Facebook.
“You are a very special little lady who might one day change the world.”
The budding actress already has a profile on movie database IMDB.com, with a credit in 2021 TV movie Kidnapped, and management in Australia and the US.
“Molly trained in jazz, tap, ballet, acro and air dancing and has performed on stage at The Home of the Arts Theatre,” says her bio.
‘She has a good ear for all accents, reads for 12 years and takes piano and singing lessons, with a preference for music theater and rock.’
Molly’s promotional photo 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 money for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast
An animal lover, Molly also founded Molly’s Wildlife Warriors to raise money for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast.
“Molly is a seven-year-old actor who has been fortunate enough to spend time with humanitarians and animal activists,” Mother Ally wrote on the fundraising site justigivng.com.
“Inspired by what she’s seen and heard, and the people around her, Molly has set up a team of 40 amazing kids who will take on challenges over the coming months to raise money for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.”
Her mother also revealed that Molly would be featured in Nine’s A Current Affair tonight.