Pandey stated she didn’t anticipate to be featured within the prestigious listing, and feels motivated to proceed her struggle for the causes of atmosphere and local weather change.
Uttarakhand-based youth local weather activist Ridhima Pandey is amongst 4 Indians featured within the BBC’s 2020 listing of 100 inspiring and influential girls from world wide. The listing highlights individuals “main change and making a distinction throughout these turbulent occasions,” in keeping with the BBC’s web site. It went on to acknowledge Pandey’s participation within the native and world local weather motion motion.
“Ridhima Pandey is a local weather activist who, on the age of 9, filed a petition towards the Authorities of India in response to its inaction to mitigate local weather change. In 2019, together with 15 different little one petitioners, Ridhima filed a lawsuit towards 5 nations on the UN.
Ridhima (now 12 years outdated) and Greta Thunberg had been a part of a bunch of 16 youngsters on the United Nations Local weather Motion Summit final yr, that filed a criticism towards some nations on the Summit for inaction within the ongoing local weather change disaster.
In December 2019, Pandey started a web-based marketing campaign urging the PM to speak in regards to the alarming air air pollution scenario in India in his Mann Ki Baat podcast and declare it a public well being emergency. Pandey despatched a hand-written letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that her worst nightmare was going to highschool with an oxygen cylinder. She requested that PM Modi make certain “an oxygen cylinder doesn’t turn out to be an important a part of the life of youngsters, which we might have to hold on our shoulders in every single place in future.”
“Ridhima is at the moment collaborating in worldwide conferences and serving to to empower different college students, in any respect ranges, to struggle for his or her future and for the biodiversity of the world. Ridhima is working to save lots of her future and that of coming generations,” the web site continued.
In response to a Hindustan Times report, Pandey stated she didn’t anticipate to be featured in such a prestigious listing, and feels motivated to proceed her struggle for the reason for atmosphere and local weather change.
“It’s a nice shock and worldwide recognition of the work I’ve been finishing up for the reason for the atmosphere and local weather change. This recognition will encourage me additional to maintain working and combating for the reason for the atmosphere and local weather change, that are crucial points the world is dealing with in the present day and can face within the coming days,” she stated.
Three different girls from India had been additionally acknowledged with a spot within the listing.
The primary was eighty-two-year-old Bilkis Bano, who was acknowledged as one of many many ladies who protested peacefully towards the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA) in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh final yr.
Manasi Joshi, who has misplaced considered one of her legs in a street accident in 2011, was acknowledged for being a “change maker”. Joshi is at the moment ranked world quantity two within the SL3 (standing/decrease limb impairment/minor) by the Badminton World Federation in June this yr.
Gaana singer Isaivani was additionally featured within the listing. She is a part of India’s largest ensemble political band – The Casteless Collective – which questions oppression or inequality by way of its music.
The listing contains Sanna Marin, who leads Finland’s all-female coalition authorities, Michelle Yeoh, star of the brand new Avatar and Marvel movies and Sarah Gilbert, who heads the Oxford College analysis right into a coronavirus vaccine, in addition to Jane Fonda, a local weather activist and actress.
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