Licypriya urges African leaders to fight global warming
IMPHAL, 19th Sep: Licypriya Kangujam, a seven year-old Indian schoolgirl and climate activist from Manipur met President of Namibia Hage Geingob on the side-lines of UNESCO Partners’ Forum at Luanda, Angola on Wednesday.
She addressed various concerns about environmental changes in Namibia specially water scarcity due to climate change and stressed the need for enactment of climate change law in the country at the earliest. She also urged the world leader to plant more trees as an ultimate solution to fight climate change.
Licypriya also met President of Angola Joao Lourenço; Ibrahim Kieta, President of Mali; Denis NGUESSO, President of The Republic of Congo; First Lady of Angola Ana Lourenco; First Lady of Namibia Monica Geingos; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2018 Denis Mukwege; UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay; President of the African Union & Former Prime Minister of Chad Moussa Faki Mahamat; Football star & Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and many other great personalities on first day of her maiden visit to the African country.
Licypriya said, “As a kid, I have to go to school and read my books. But when our future is at stake, I feel it’s not a wise decision to sit in the class and read about mathematics, science and environment. I need to raise my voice to save our future before it’s too late to all world leaders. You may not have much impact now but it will be on your own children and grandchildren. Don't keep our future at stake. Act now.” “I can already see the effects of global warming in my country. “Internally displaced people, farmers–herdsmen clashes, insecurity — all driven by climate change,” she said. “Also, the increase in food price, floods sweeping away farmers' land, droughts affecting the yield of crops, and excessive rainfall,” she added. “I’m 7-year old, going into my senior year in high school and I am growing up in a world whose life systems are unravelling.
In 10 years, I’ll be 17. My life will just be beginning when the world is ending. It is not fair to my entire generation that we are inheriting this monstrosity of a problem. It’s hard enough trying to grow up and live your life, let alone inherit this crisis that gives your future full of chaos and disaster,” she continued.
On September 20, she will participate in the Global Climate Strike in front of the National Assembly of Angola with her supporters and other fellow young climate activists of the world in support of Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist. Main event will be at UN Headquarters, New York. This will be the first climate movement in Angola to be initiated under her leadership to ignite young minds of children and youth of Angola to take concern on Climate Change.
It can be noted that Angola is contributing 3.09 percent of the Green House Gas emissions growth in global index and also already lost over 50 percent of its forest land and now remaining only 46.40 percent due to huge population growth. Climate change in Angola will potentially impact four key sectors in the country - water resources, agriculture, fisheries and human health.
Also on September 27, Licipriya would be organising a massive climate protest in front of the Parliament House of India with hundreds of children with their parents and environmentalists. She wrote in her twitter, “Parents must come out with their children to save our future.”