This wonderful news comes to us from India.
Everyone knows 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg who has been vociferous in her bid to awaken the world to the need for climate change and she has protested at many places. Perhaps the aptest place was the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday. She pleaded and cajoled the world leaders about climate change.
Greta was later joined by 15 other youth activists which included RidhimaPandey who together filed a complaint against Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey. The activists believe that these countries are the ones causing the most pollution. In a petition, the young ones said that the futures of generations are being put at risk because of the world leaders in action.
Ridhima is all of 11 years old but even at this age, she is candid about the problem at hand. She started her speech with a Namaste and then introduced herself first in Hindi and then in English. She said, “I am here because I want all the global leaders to do something to stop climate change. If it is not going to be stopped, it is going to harm our futures.”
Ridhima was one among many children present at the summit. There were 14 other children between the age group of 8-17 years. They came from France, Germany, Nigeria, Marshall Islands, Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, Sweden, Tunisia, and the United States.
This is not the first time that Ridhima has voiced her concern for climate change and she has stood against governments before. She first had filed a legal case against the Indian Government for its failure to implement the environmental laws. She submitted the petition to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) through her legal guardian.
Ridhima at that time was only 9 years old and she highlighted the extreme pollution levels and continuous degradation of the environment of India. She had requested the government to review industrial projects and to also prepare a carbon budget to limit the emission of carbon dioxide. She also proposed a national recovery plan.
Ridhima’s father says,” For someone so young, she is very aware of the issue of climate change, and she is very concerned about how it will impact her in the future.”
Ridhima’s bio on the website of Children vs Climate Crisis is very loud and clear of the persistent demands. She says “I want a better future. I want to save my future. I want to save our future. I want to save the future of all the children and all people of future generations.”
Image source: Children vs Climate Crisis