This 9-Year-Old Girl Just Sued Her Government for Cleaner Air
Nine-year-old Ridhima Pandey from India just filed a lawsuit against the Indian government.
"My government has failed to take steps to regulate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing extreme climate conditions. This will impact both me and future generations. 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 told The Independent.
India is the world's third largest emitter of carbon pollution, HelloGiggles reports.
Environmental attorney Rahul Choudhary filed the petition on Ridhima's behalf with the National Green Tribunal, which is a court that specifically handles environmental cases in India. He said that she is "simply asking her Government to fulfill its own duty to protect the vital natural resources on which she and future generations depend on for survival."
Speaking to The Independent, Choudhary continued: "Children in India are now aware about the issues of climate change and its impact. The Indian constitution says that is is 'the duty of every citizen of India… to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, and to have compassion for living creatures.'"
Ridhima is not the first in her family to take a stand for the environment.
Her mother works within the forestry department and as for her father, he has been working 16 years for an environmental NGO in Uttarakhand, HelloGiggles reports.
"I have raised her by teaching her about environmental issues. One day, she said to me, 'Daddy you raise a lot of these issues and nothing is being done so why are you not raising these issues in the courts?' She then decided she wanted to do it."
The World Health Organization reports that one in four children under the age of 5 is affected by pollution and unclean environment related diseases.
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