At UN, Yugratna calls for sharing mother earth
On 23rd September 2009 a young girl from UP, where climate change issues affect everyday life and quotidian tasks such as burning the chulah affect the climate, made a plea at the United Nations to world leaders to show vision and leadership in stopping “those who make mother earth cry.” United Nations invited Yugratna to speak as a representative of the world’s youth. Thirteen-year old Lucknow girl Yugratna Srivatsava, , 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, “We have one mother earth, let us share it.” She wanted world leaders to make environmental education compulsory in schools.

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