9-year-old climate activist camps outside Rashtrapati Bhavan seeking better air for Delhi

  • Oct 17, 2020
  • India Today

Licypriya Kangujam, who is one of the youngest climate change activists in the world, staged a protest outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday in her bid to have cleaner and better air.

According to ANI, Licypriya, who is 9 years old, was seen camping outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday night that went on till Friday early morning.

On Friday, Licypriya Kangujam and a few other child climate activists also met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with her appeal to cut greenhouse gas emissions and also to reduce air pollutants in the capital.

Nine-year-old climate activist @LicypriyaK protested outside the Indian parliament at midnight, demanding immediate action over increasing air pollution in New Delhi pic.twitter.com/Kb9ZTw5b8n

For her protest outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Licypriya had prepared a 13-point agenda to have cleaner air in Delhi. Her placard also spoke of 6 million children were dying due to pollution globally.

In a tweet on Saturday, Licypriya Kangujam said, “Main cause of Delhi air pollution is our leaders don’t believe each other.”

One of the world's youngest climate change activists, Kangujam was influenced by the images of the devastation caused by the Nepal earthquakes in 2015 that killed some 9,000 people and destroyed one million homes.

As a four-year-old, she helped her father raise funds and gather relief materials to be delivered to the millions of people displaced by the tragedy.

Now she is leading a youth movement calling for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and lawmakers to pass a new law aimed at capping carbon emissions in the world's third largest producer of greenhouse gases.

Born in India's northeastern state of Manipur, home to pristine mountains and clear air, Kangujam is outraged by the air quality she has seen in Delhi.

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