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Youth on Climate Change
Detail: A 13-year-old Indian girl speaking on behalf of the world's three billion children at a UN summit held to mobilize political will ahead of the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, asked world leaders including the Presidents of United States and China, for urgent action on climate change.

Yugratna Srivastava is a ninth grader from Lucknow, a north Indian city, and is a Asia-Pacific representative in the youth advisory board of United Nations Environment Program's (UNEP) youth organisation called 'Tunza'.

Excerpts from Srivastavas’s speech:

"I am so much concerned about climate change because I don't want our future generations to question us just as I am questioning the need of more concrete action on climate change today."

"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?!"

"We need to call for an action now. We have to protect the earth not just for us but for our future generations….If not here then where, if not now then when and if not us then who?"

“When you all make policies sitting in air conditioned rooms, please think of a child suffering in greenhouse heat and think of the species craving to survive."

"Mahatma Gandhi said Earth has enough to satisfy everyone's need but no one's greed."
Date: September 25 2009