Yugratna Srivastava, Asia-Pacific
UNEP/TUNZA Junior-Board representative, from India, addresses
the summit on climate change at United Nations headquarters on
Lucknow girl to address UN summit today:
Thirteen-year-old Yugratna Srivastava
from here will address the UN conference on climate change on
Tuesday in New York, bringing laurels to the country, specially
A 13-year-old Indian girl, speaking on behalf of the world’s three
billion children, asked world leaders here, including the Presidents
of United States and China, for urgent action on climate change.
“I am so
much concerned about climate change because I don’t want our future
generations to question us just as I am questioning the need of more
concrete action on climate change today,” Yugratna Srivastava from
Lucknow said at the Summit on Climate Change in the United Nations.
Himalayas are melting, polar bears are dying, 2 of every 5 people
don’t have access to clean drinking water, earth’s temperature is
increasing, we are losing the untapped information and potential of
plant species, Pacific’s water level has risen, Is this what we are
going to hand over to our future generations? Please......no!”
ninth grader from St Fidelis College spoke at the high-level summit
convened by the U.N. Chief Ban Ki-moon. India was represented by
Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.
summit is being held to mobilise political will ahead of the Climate
Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, which is expected to
yield a climate treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol.
to call for an action now. We have to protect the earth not just for
us but for our future generations,” Ms. Srivastava told an audience
consisting of U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu
here then where, if not now then when and if not us then who?” she
student from Lucknow is also on the youth advisory board of United
Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) youth organisation called
‘Tunza ‘(to nurture).
that climate change knew no political or geographical boundaries she
said, “When you all make policies sitting in air conditioned rooms,
please think of a child suffering in greenhouse heat and think of
the species craving to survive.”
Gandhi said Earth has enough to satisfy everyone’s need but no one’s
greed,” she added.