A nine-year-old girl, Ridhima Pandey from the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, has filed a petition against the Indian government, seeking action to save the planet for future generations. Ridhima approached the tribunal because history has shown that commitments made under international agreements rarely translate into action at the ground level or make a difference for average citizens battling climate change.
In her petition, Ridhima, who is represented by advocates from Lawyers Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE), argues the government needs to take urgent and effective, science-based measures under the existing environmental legal framework in India to reduce and minimise the adverse impacts of climate change in the country. The tribunal has admitted the petition and has directed the government to respond within two weeks. That leaves Ridhima hopeful of a better India.