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Met this 8-year old Climate Activist? #WATWB

What about you? What uplifting stories of humanity in action for Covid 19 have you witnessed or read of, lately? Are you a Climate Activist?

We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media.

For this edition of WATWB, I’d like to speak about children who are our hope for the future taking up the reins of climate activism. At barely 8 years old, Licypriya Kangujam is an Indian climate activist –she’s doing what our generation has failed to do. Raise awareness of, and fight against, the depletion of nature.

As the founder of the Child Movement and one of the youngest climate activists to date, Kangujam is known for calling on world leaders and global organizations to take immediate action to combat climate change.

She first began her activism two years ago at the age of 6. She started out by urging the Indian government to change its climate policies to help curb the amount of air pollution in the country. 

After attending the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in July 2018, Kangujam knew she wanted to get more involved in climate change activism.

Since then, she has founded an organization, traveled to 32 countries, attended her first parliament strike, and called on world leaders to take direct action on climate change at the 2019 United Nations Climate Conference (COP25) in Madrid. 

Here’s an interview with the intrepid activist, and here’s what she has to say on BBC.

What about you? What uplifting stories of humanity in action have you witnessed lately?

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Covid We Are the World Blogfest Writing by handThis post was the latest installment of the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post the last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.

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Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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18 Comments

  • Rajlakshmi says:

    Omg what a delightful bundle of inspiration. She is paving way for better things. So amazed by her drive and leadership.

  • shanayatales says:

    Such an inspiring little girl!

  • soniadogra says:

    I see hope in our children. I’ve been lucky to be around some of them doing wonderful things and mostly I find myself learning from them.

  • ericlahti says:

    Good to see the youth of today picking up the role that the adults of the day seem to have forgotten about.

  • Rachna says:

    Good to hear about such passionate youngsters.

  • Modern Gypsy says:

    Amazing that she was so environmentally conscious at just 6 years old!

  • Smart girl. She understands where the current generation is taking her. 🙂

  • I have often said that the youth of today are coming out of the womb much smarter. That plus what parents provide in the way of education help out. Thank you for sharing this story and being a huge part of #WATWB

  • bikerchick57 says:

    It’s hard to believe that Licypriya has done so much at such a young age. I’m pretty sure I was playing with Barbie dolls when I was eight. To have the understanding of climate and environment, create an organization and travel the world is astounding. I can only imagine what she will accomplish in the years to come. Thanks for this story, Damyanti. Simply amazing!

  • She’s only eight years old – wow. And look how much she’s accomplished and traveled. Puts us all to shame.

  • Billybuc says:

    A social conscience at eight???? My God, I was watching cartoons and thinking of nothing of importance at eight. I was trying to figure out how to come to terms with my awkwardness at eight. What a remarkable young woman!

  • Pam Lazos says:

    I love that she’s exchanging air with a plant — a perfect combination. And what about the fact that she’s 8 and started when she was 6?!?! Quite the old soul, Damyanti? I wonder who she was in her past incarnation that allowed her to return with such a higher consciousness?

  • Shalzmojo says:

    Wow starting out at 6 years of age is incredible. I wonder how she put forth her idea and views to adults? Ots great to see younger generations so much more motivated to work towards saving the environment as we have let them down big time.

  • hilarymb says:

    Hi Damyanti – what an amazing youngster … fascinating to read up about her – I’ll now keep an eye open for more information on her. I’d like to know more about how she got going … as her state is in the far east of India … yet I see she lives in Bangalore. Incredible invention … and all from items recycled. Fantastic … thanks for telling us – I hadn’t picked it up … also to see how her invention develops. Take care – Hilary

  • Susan Scott says:

    8 years old??? What an extraordinary young/old soul she is, and intrepid. Her leadership is inspiring – to young and old. Thanks Damyanti 🙂

  • vishalbheeroo says:

    Hey Damyanti what a wonderful initiative and we need more children Licypriya Kangujam for a better future at an uncertain times when we should all ask questions.

  • All praise to her – and all those like her. They give me hope.

  • I am amazed and heartened by the new generation of young, intelligent, and driven activists. Among their number are also some of the most promising and creatively intelligent minds that are making moves to step into future scientific leadership roles. They inspire me and give me hope. Thank you for sharing.

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