11-year-old climate activist Ridhima Pandey on fighting climate change and why India is vulnerable

Ridhima Pandey was recently in the news for being among 16 children including Great Thunberg to file a complaint at the UN Climate Action Summit against the lack of government action on the ticking time bomb of climate change. Here are her views on where India stands in the fight and what we can do.

It was back in 2013 that Ridhima Pandey, one of India's young environmental activists, saw the devastating effect of climate change in India in the form of the Kedarnath flood. Seeing such an environmental disaster unfolding before your very eyes can change a person, and sure enough, Ridhima was the only young activist from India who accompanied Greta Thunberg in the protest the lax attitude of governments towards climate change at the UN Climate Action Summit.

"I am here because I want all the global leaders to do something to stop climate change because if it's not going to be stopped it's going to harm our future," she had said. "So if we want to stop global warming we have to do something now."

The historical act of sixteen child petitioners -- aged 8 to 17 -- from 12 countries around the world presenting an official complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child was an eye-opener for the world and did much to bring the topic of climate change to the front page.

Ridhima had moved with her family from Nainital to the northeastern town of Haridwar six years ago. While water shortage was the usual scenario in the hilly city, Haridwar came with a different set of challenges.
The rising temperature with its recent droughts is threatening the river Ganga in Haridwar with lowering water levels. The rainy season also sees infrequent but heavy rains leading to the dangers of flooding in the Ganga.

The devastating rainstorm in Haridwar and the resulting Kedarnath flood in 2013 is what changed Ridhima’s life forever.

Source : https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/how-i-made-it/story/india-s-11-year-old-climate-activist-ridhima-pandey-on-her-own-action-against-climate-change-and-why-india-is-vulnerable-1628706-2019-12-16

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