Indian girl among 16 teens who have sued governments for climate change

Ridhima Pandey from India is among sixteen teenagers who have filed a legal complaint to the United Nations about climate change during the UN Climate Action Summit on 23rd September.

The petition has outlined how their human rights are being violated by the failure of particularly five nations – Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey – to address the climate crisis.

These five countries have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. These countries have specific obligations to provide for the health and well-being of children.

Ridhima Pandey, who belongs to Uttarakhand, moved with her family from Nainital to Haridwar around six years ago.

Swedish teen activist, Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Villasenor from US are among the six teenagers who have sued these countries. Vilasenor said that in November 2018 her home town of Davis, California, saw one of the deadliest wildfires which blazed across 153,336 acres, destroying nearly 14,000 residences and killing about 85 people.

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