Ridhima Pandey, A 9-Year-Old Girl Sued The Indian Government Over Climate Change Inaction.
21 July 2017
The major issue today is the changing climate. The pollution has increased and the environment is degrading day by day in our country. And sadly, our government has failed to take appropriate actions on climate change and meet its targets for scaling up the use of renewable energy sources under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).
In the same regard, a 9-year-old girl Ridhima Pandey has filed a court case against the Indian government for failing to take ambitious actions to tackle climate change.
Ridhima is a compassionate child who wanted her country’s government to help protect and save the planet for future generations. Residing in Haridwar, Uttrakhand, she has seen her state been devastated by heavy rains, flash floods and frequent landslides, estimated to have killed thousands of people in the past three years.
Our country India has sadly failed to put into action the promises it made in signing and ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change. And this little girl has arguments which made her file lawsuit against the government.
She asks the court to order the Indian Government to prepare a carbon budget and a national climate recovery plan to ensure that India does its share to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide below 350 parts per million by 2100, according to scientific recommendations.
For a nine-year-old to understand such aspect and take such an action is itself a courageous act. Her urge to the government was only to fulfil its own duty to protect the vital natural resources on which she and the future generations depend on for survival.
Her mother, Vinita Pandey who is a beat officer with Haridwar Forest Division, Rajaji Tiger reserve, finds Ridhima to be an extra ordinary child.
Being young, Ridhima is part of a class that amongst all Indians is most vulnerable to changes in climate, yet are not part of the decision making process.
At such an age she is aware of the issue of climate change, and she is very concerned about how it will impact her in future.
“My country has huge potential to reduce the use of fossil fuels, and because of the Government’s inaction I approached the National Green Tribunal,” she said.
Ridhima Pandey is a Woman of Courage because for a girl of her age to draw the government’s attention is in itself a great deal. She disapproved on something and raised her voice which makes her courageous and a righteous person.
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