How often have you heard a child take control and address things in a better way than an adult?
How often have you seen a child leading and voicing his/her opinion?
Let me introduce you to this,
“small packet bada dhamaka”
if you don’t know her already.
Licypriya Kangujam, an 8 year old activist from India.
She is one of the youngest climate activists and environmentalists globally.
I’m sure you would have immediately had a thought, “arey she is just like Greta Thunberg”.
Honestly, she was even referred to as ‘Greta of India’, but this goal oriented munchkin doesn’t like to be addressed as the same.
As in one of her interviews she said,
“What some media houses are doing is very wrong. Every activist in the world has their own country, own journey, own struggle, own story and own identity. When, media portrays our name wrongly, it creates a lot of controversy in our movement”.
Licypriya is much ahead of the children of her age.
Born in the north-eastern state of Manipur, she is now showcasing her values to the world and has led a wave in nation-wide environment problems.
Being the founder of, The Child Movement , she has been addressed by various known personalities.
She was honoured by valuable awards like, World Children Peace Prize, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Children Award and India Peace Prize.
What makes Licypriya’s story different?
Let us know what makes her story different from others, what led her to these achievements in such a young age.
She has been working on putting climate change issues on the front since last two years.
She even made a plea to make climate change literacy compulsory in educational institutions.
As her father was a local activist, she got various opportunities to join him on his ventures.
Licypriya accompanied him to many international and national conferences concerning the same.
She says, “social work, love and care for the environment are in my blood”.
She accompanied her father to rescue camps and helped him in various fundraising programs.
Licypriya was just six when she first got an opportunity to attend the third Asia Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risks Reduction in Ulaanbaatar.
It was this moment when she first raised her voice in front of prominent leaders and activists.
It was this very moment when she decided to build an organisation, and later named it as ‘The Child Movement’ .
What is the Child Movement about?
“The Child Movement is a voluntary movement of children to raise our voices on any global issue that affects us, anything from climate change to children’s rights. Until now, I’ve focused mainly on the environment and climate change as it’s a pressing issue which is already affecting us, and will have catastrophic impacts in some years. If we don’t fight for it now then it’ll be too late when we finish our schooling. So I can say that it has a much wider agenda than Fridays for Future” .
© Team Licypriya
Licypriya’s Efforts and Actions:
Did you know that Licypriya dropped out of her school and protested every week in front of the Parliament House?
She stated in one of her interviews that,
“Greta Thunberg greatly influenced me. On my first parliament strike on the 2nd of February I sent out a strong message to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Parliament to pass the climate change law”.
Isn’t this act too small to be disdained?
Yes it is, like any other person fighting for his/her rights, Licypriya suffered too.
Her slogans and protests were neglected by many.
But she also got an enormous amount of support from many leaders who understood her perception and concern.
It was due to her urge to various state’s leaders that led India to be the first country in Asia to implement climate change as a compulsory subject in schools.
Licypriya designed what she calls her Sukifu device. A symbolic survival kit for the future she created to emphasise the need to curb air pollution. Last year, schools in India’s capital, Delhi, were ordered to close because air pollution in the city had reached “unbearable levels” .
© Team Licypriya
As a future oriented child, she wants the government to enact the climate change law.
She proclaimed in her interview that,
“There should be a minimum of ten trees planted by all students to pass their yearly final exam. In India, we have 350 million students. If 350 million students plant at least ten trees every year, that’s 3.5 billion trees a year. Trust me, India will be green in five years”.
The first thought you might have had after reading this must be,“oh agar ye karna bhi kaash itna hi aasan hota bolne se kya hota hai”.
Yes, even I had this thought but then I thought how this little girl is so sightful, so future oriented, so mature to put up suggestions that too in numbers, so why can’t we put this in action?
Why can’t we implement things like these?
Why we just blabber words and speak and speak but never implement?
And then blame it all on the people that they don’t want changes.
This is what we all actually do, we hear, we fall out but we never implement.
It is said that opportunities knock at our doors, we just need to look for them and go along.
So was the case with this little gem.
After seeing her speak at various conferences and occasions, she was invited to voice her opinion at the COP25 climate conference.
Coming from a common family, she faced various obstacles before reaching her destination.
But finally made her way to Madrid.
“I have come here to tell the world leaders that this is the time to act as it is a real climate emergency” ,
she said at the COP25 climate conference.
What do we learn from this little girl, going places?
This little kid taught me the real meaning of beauty with brains.
She is adorable, yet bold, breaking stereotypes.
Leading the world altogether.
She makes me believe that our future generation is much more capable of achieving things than just surfing the net.
In the end, what we need is not power and money.
Yes, I agree they play an important role too but, what we really need is to implement and voice our thoughts.
How to let the world know that ‘we are the change’?
How to be that change? and
How to be determined to inculcate that change in others?