New York, Sep 23: While speaking at the summit on Climate Change in the United Nations, the 13-year-old Lucknow girl delivered a strong message to the world leaders on the behalf of the children of the world.
“The Himalayas are melting, polar bears are dying, 2 of every 5 people don"t have access to clean drinking water, earth"s temperature is increasing, we are losing the untapped information and potential of plant species, Pacific"s water level has risen, Is this what we are going to hand over to our future generations? Please......no!," said Yugratna Srivastava, the ninth grader from St Fidelis College.
Srivastava who addressed the audience consisting of US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao along with India representatives like Foreign Minister SM Krishna and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, urged the leaders to act quickly on climate change.
She went on to point out that climate change and political policies are two very different elements and asked the leaders to think of the child suffering in greenhouse heat and the species fighting to survive while they sat in their while they sat in their air-conditioned rooms to formulate policies.