Guwahati: Known as the youngest climate activists globally, Manipur’s Licypriya Kangujam has urged the government to rethink their agendas of building mega dams in the northeastern region.
Licypriya who has decided to spend the summer vacation in helping the people of flood hit Assam was busy distributing relief to the flood affected people of Hojai district on Saturday.
The 10 year old activist said, “We’re drowning and our leaders are watching. I want our leaders to act quickly to help the flood victims. Maximum roads are washed away in the floods. People are taking shelter with tent houses in the highways. We need to reduce dams and also we need massive tree plantation to fight this climate crisis.”
Born on October 2, 2011; Licypriya has addressed world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2019 (COP25) in Madrid, Spain asking them to take immediate climate action. Licypriya has been campaigning for climate action in India since 2018, to pass new laws to curb India’s high pollution levels, and to make climate-change literacy mandatory in schools.
“Many children lost their parents and homes. Over 10 million people displaced. Many people become homeless. Roads are damaged badly. Government reliefs are not enough. I’m very disappointed. Biggest problem people are facing right now is lack of drinking water and sanitation,” she added.
With 117 people killed already, over 73 lakh people were affected by flood this year in the state.