We Want Clean Air Each and Every Day, Says Ridhima Pandey, Environment Activist
12-year-old Ridhima Pandey's journey as an activist started when she witnessed the devastating Kedarnath floods in 2013. Post the floods, Ridhima started collecting information about global warming and decided to create awareness regarding the ill-effects of climate change on future generations. Ridhima has been actively speaking about clean air and clean Ganga, and has been running several offline and online campaigns to create awareness on issues related to the environment. She was among 16 children including Great Thunberg to file a complaint at the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019 against the lack of government action on climate change. In 2017, Ridhima filed a petition with the National Green Tribunal against the government for failing to protect the environment. The Tribunal rejected her plea saying that the government is doing enough and it does not require any instructions. The petition is with the Supreme Court now. Currently, Ridhima is advocating for minimalistic and sustainable living, and is calling out for changes in educational policies so that students have adequate and relevant information about environment and global warming in their formative years.