12-year-old Ridhima Pandey has been vociferous on environmental issues and climate change, taking up the role before the mass which was trailblazed by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
She was part of several campaigns and had addressed school and college students about environmental issues.
At the Climate Circle event hosted by Students for Climate Resilience in Thrissur, she received a vehement no from students when she asked if they are getting a safe environment.
Ridhima was hailed both nationally and internationally for her work to raising awareness and spreading the important message on environment conservation and climate change.
A native of Uttarakhand, Ridhima said that nature is being depleted and exploited by people. Politicians are doing nothing while generations are polluting the environment.
She opined that kids should not be subjected to suffering because of what the adults are doing to the environment.
Speaking to thenewsminute, Ridhima said that this is not a happy new year for her due to the pollution and related issues. Especially in the national capital Delhi where children are forced to be inside their homes as opposed to getting to play outside.
She had also received criticisms from various quarters for skipping school to take part in the protests. She had retorted by saying that the adults have messed up the environment so much that the kids are forced to skip school and take to the streets to protest against climate change. Their intention is to make the adults understand what they have done to the children's future.
In 2017, she sued the Indian government at the National Green Tribunal, against their alleged inaction against climate change. Later her petition was disposed but it came after the massive floods in Uttarakhand in 2013 which killed over a hundred people.
Ridhima attended the United Nations Climate Action Summit and along with 15 other young activists.
There the young activists filed a complaint against Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey.