Monday, 28 September 2009

Yugratna - Child of the Future

Yugratna a 13 year old girl from our state capital Lucknow addressed the UN on issues about climate change. Yugratna has attended conferences in Norway and Kenya.
She studies in Grade 9 in a Catholic school. Her parents are college professors. She received a rousing welcome when she returned home.

Here is a report from Times of India
A young girl from India’s Gangetic plain, where climate change issues affect everyday life and quotidian tasks such as burning the
chulah ( open air wood or coal stove) affect the climate, made a plea for the ages at the United Nations on Tuesday, asking world leaders to show vision and leadership in stopping “those who make mother earth cry.”

Thirteen-year old Lucknow girl Yugratna Srivatsava, whose first name loosely translates as a precious stone for all times, spoke eloquently about the need for the world to stop pillaging the earth in a speech that was cheered by world leaders, including the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

“Environmental problems do not recognize political boundaries,” the young girl, wearing a green and white jacket, told a packed UN audience that included India’s external affairs minister S M Krishna, environment minister Jairam Ramesh, and senior diplomats Shyam Saran and Nirupama Rao. “We have one mother earth, let us share it.” She wanted world leaders to make environmental education compulsory in schools.

But beyond the United Nations decision to invite Yugratna to speak as a representative of the world’s youth simmered serious concerns that the climate change issue is heading for a deadlock ahead of the Copenhagen summit in December.
Wealthy nations are reluctant to cut enough emissions to take the world out of the danger zone, while poor and developing countries such as India are refusing to commit to binding caps, saying this would prevent them from growing their economies speedily. There was no indicate of any significant change in the positions on Tuesday.

Opening the summit, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said it would “morally inexcusable” not to act, a scolding that prompted both President Obama and China’s Hu Jintao to acknowledge that reaching an agreement is an important goal, although neither committed to any precise numbers. The US and China are the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gas.

India has been persistently clubbed with China, although its emissions are less than one-fourth of China, and in a subtle effort to put things in perspective, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given the UN session a miss, instead having ministers Krishna and Jairam Ramesh – who has very firmly stated that New Delhi will not agree to mandatory emissions target — do the batting.

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Sita said...

Wow, what an honour!

Amrita said...
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Amrita said...

Hi Sita I wouldn 't have the nerve to stand in front of such an elite group of people.

I admire Yugratna 's courage.

Becka said...

What a story !;)
What a girl,What a women at a young age I should say,,,

Felisol said...

Over and over again the younger generation amazes me.
What a strong and confident young girl to stand up like that.
Our future is dependent on these youngsters.
From felisol

Jeanette said...
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Jeanette said...

She has amazing spunk, courage, and passion. I am so proud of her!

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

It's my own country, but honestly, the U.S. needs to control its own polluting and wasting before it starts trying to control what other nations do.

Ash said...

Wow...she's amazing!!!

Thanks for sharing, Amrita. Hope you're doing good.

Amrita said...

The whole creation is groaning under this curse.
The rich and poor countries have to come to some kind of a agreement to save the earth .

Julia Dutta said...

Dear Amrita,
Nice to see you write on environment, a subject very dear to my heart as well.

The problem is that those who started it, are not ready to do more than lip service and forcing developing nations like ours to take action. How is it possible, Amrita?


Amrita said...

Dear Julia,Its a very difficult uphill road. Everybody has to make room and be willing to give.

But we can at least keep our surroundings pollution free in some sort of way. In India we have this huge garbage problem. P C Chidambram was right what he said about 'some people ' . I agree with him.
I am glad to see the younger generation being more aware about enviroment issues.