Alleging inaction by the Centre to mitigate adverse impact of climate change, a nine-year-old girl from the state of Uttarakhand has moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT), prompting the green panel to seek reply from the Union Environment Ministry.
A Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and the Central Pollution Control Board asking them to respond in two weeks. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Uttarakhand resident Ridhima Pandey through her legal guardian seeking directions to all appraisal bodies to assess the climate-related issues while granting environmental clearance.
The plea contended that India was one of the most vulnerable countries to adverse climate change impact and its citizens were already experiencing the impacts. The petition said children were more vulnerable than adults to pollution from the burning of fossil fuels that caused global climate change and referred to issues like rise in the sea level, destruction of mangroves, melting of glaciers and snow packs and reduction in fresh-water supply.