New Delhi: At a time when climate change has garnered the attention of activists and citizens across the globe, a 7-year-old girl has taken it upon herself to bring the matter to the attention of legislators in India. For this purpose, Licypriya Kangujam stood near the Parliament building on Friday with a placard addressing the Prime Minister and Members of Parliament (MPs).
In a picture of Kangujam, she can be seen holding a placard which read, “Dear Mr Modi and MPs, pass the climate change law and save our future.” A resident of Manipur, Kangujam attended the United Nations in April of this year at the UN headquarters in Geneva in Switzerland. The theme of the program was “Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies”.
A student of Class 2, the young activist told mediapersons that she has urged the Prime Minister and all MPs to act on climate change and save the future of India’s next generation. “The sea levels are increasing and the Eart is becoming hotter,” Kangujam told news agency ANI, adding “they should act now”. Kangujam was invited to the 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risks Reduction held in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.
Licypriya created history when she was appointed as a Child Disaster Risks Reduction Advocate in the International Youth Committee (IYC). She was the youngest participant to be invited by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Government of Switzerland where she represented not just the children of India but those from across Asia and the Pacific.
At the time of the event, the young crusader was quoted by North-East Now as saying, “I get scared when on television I see people suffering and dying because of earthquakes, floods, and tsunami. I cry when I see children losing their parents or people becoming homeless due to dangers of disasters. I urge everyone to join their hands, minds and passions to create a better world for all of us.”
Kangujam’s plea comes at a time when more than half of India is reeling under an acute water crisis which has been identified as a direct consequence of climate change. Scientists and experts have claimed that the rapidly melting Himalayan glaciers will trigger floods in the country’s northern part accompanied by erratic monsoons which will lead to droughts in peninsular India.
Source: Time News