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Ridhima Pandey INDIA

Ridhima Pandey is an energetic girl ready to fight for what she believes in. When she was 9 years old, she went to the courts of her country, India, to file a lawsuit before the government for its lack of action in the protection of the environment.

India is the third major producer of CO2 in the world. At the same time, this young activists, nowadays 11 years old, lives in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, where climate change has manifested with heavy rains.

'My government has failed in taking measures to regulate and reduce greenhouse gases emissions , which are causing extreme climate conditions. This will impact me and my generation in the future. My country has an enormous potential to reduce their fossil fuels, but due to its lack of action, I went to the National Green Tribunal.' - Ridhima Pandey

Ridhima has learnt a lot about Ecology since her parents work at environmental organizations. One day she told her father if they knew there were so many issues and no one did anything about them, why didn´t they take those problems before the court. This is how, Ridhima, represented by the lawyer Rahul Choudhary, went to the court specialized in environmental issues in India.

Her demand included a requirement for the government of her country to include a fuels budget and an atmospheric recovery plan, and for it to follow guidelines stated by scientists. It also demanded to reduce the use of fossil fuels, the protection of forests, and the need for there to be reforestation.
She focuses on the lack of environmental policy in her country. What she wants is for her government to fulfill its responsibility of protecting the country and the world, she and her generation will inherit.
On September 2019, Ridhima was part of the group of 16 young activists that presented a complaint at the United Nations denouncing the lack of action of countries in the face of climate change.
Ridhima is starting her own nonprofit group for climate advocacy. She fights for her rights and those of future generations. She is concerned on her countries policies, the rivers contamination, deforestation, and use of single-use plastics. Ridhima has been really inspirational and has done several speeches in schools around India inspiring other young kids as well.
Her petition at the National Green Tribunal for not treating climate change seriously was initially dismissed, but she has now escalated it to the country´s Supreme Court.

Credits:

1. Nick Kenrick; India; February 1997; (CC BY 2.0). 2. Kate Dreyer; India; February 11, 2012; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 3. Carl Waldmeier; India; November 7, 2015; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 4. United Nations Photo; Scene from Ahmedabad, India; January 10, 2015; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 5. Andrea A; India; December 17, 2012; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 6. Ascaf on; India; November 14, 2009; (CC BY 2.0).