Earth Day Network Rising Star: Haridwar’s Ridhima Pandey

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Haridwar, “My inspiration to become an activist for our dwindling environment was the 2013 Kedarnath Deluge. During the floods I learnt about global warming, I started questioning our actions as a society. I filed my first petition in National Green Tribunal in 2017, for the inaction of the Centre Government, and since then I have moved upward and onward.” A confident 12-year-old environmentalist, Ridhima Pandey, who recently received the ‘Earth Day Network Rising Star,’ award for her sincere efforts in spreading awareness about our environment, fills me in.

Earth Day Network a global, environmental NGO engages with over 75,000 partners in some 190 plus countries and marks its 50th Anniversary this year.

 To name just a few, Ridhima from Haridwar Uttarakhand joins a bevy of young achievers such as Licypriya Kangujam a climate activist, Madhav Datt who built a worldwide network of young environmentalists, Sumair Handa Bakshi who works to protect the water bodies and rare species such as Gangetic Dolphin. These young minds are taking forward the baton of preservation and conservation in India.

Ridhima Pandey with her powerful voice awakens people far and wide to work for a cleaner, greener, and less polluted planet. Earth Day Network believes strongly that, “youth are crucial to help mitigate climate change and enhance a sustainable way of life.”

 Her reaction to the award, “I dint expect an appreciation or an award for my work. The award is inspiring and it motivates me to do more in the future,” adding, “the fact that they took my work and my efforts seriously, motivates me to do my best, and gives me a chance to show everyone that I am worthy of the award.

For the future, not surprisingly the young lady plans, “to register an NGO which works on conserving environment and works on climate changes.”

 We at Newspost wish this rising star, all the very best.