Meet Ridhima Pandey - The 11-year-old Climate Activist from Uttarakhand

Sep 27, 2019, 07:26 AM
Over 4.2 million people from over 170 countries, old and young participated in the Climate March held last Friday. This week too, estimated 2 million people too are expected to participate in the climate strikes to be held all around the world. This is happening at the backdrop of UN Climate Summit being held at New York from September 23rd to 29th.

Suno India has partnered with IndiaSpend, India's leading data journalism portal to bring exclusive podcasts from the Summit. Disha Shetty, Columbia Journalism School, and IndiaSpend reporting fellow interviewed 11-year-old Ridhima Pandey who is among 16 children from across the world who have filed a petition against five countries for failing to uphold their end of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and for not cutting emissions thereby endangering their futures.

Even before Greta Thunberg started the school strike, Ridhima Pandey, a native of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand filed her first petition when she was 9-years-old against the Indian government in the National Green Tribunal. She stated in the petition that the Indian government should take “effective, science-based action to reduce and minimize the adverse impacts of climate change”. Her petition wasn't taken forward by NGT and she has since then petitioned the Supreme Court demanding the same.