“I’m afraid we’ll have to carry oxygen tanks instead of school bags,” bemoans Ridhima Pandey. The 11-year-old from Haridwar became the face of young India’s protest against climate inaction last year when she, along with Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and 14 other youngsters from around the world, filed a complaint with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child against countries that were guilty of doing the least to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.
Since August 2018, when Thunberg skipped school to protest in front of the Swedish parliament, there have been hundreds of similar ‘climate strikes’ by students around the world. There’s urgency in Ridhima’s voice when she says, “I think after 10 years, many species in India might become extinct and conflicts between humans and animals will only increase because of deforestation. Read More