Who Is Licypriya Kangujam? 12-Year-Old Indian Girl Protests At COP28

12-year-old Licypriya Kangujam crashed a meeting on stage at the COP28 climate summit held in Dubai in protest of climate negligence.

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Who Is Licypriya Kangujam? (Image: X/@LicypriyaK).

With over 200 countries participating in the United Nations Climate Conference COP28 in Dubai to discuss the collective issue of climate degradation, this summit's topic is tackling issues encountered due to fossil fuels. Amid several meetings held by prominent experts and world leaders, a 12-year-old girl, Licypriya Kangujam, crashed a meeting on stage at the COP28 summit in protest of climate negligence.


The 12-year-old girl who belongs to Manipur stormed the stage holding a placard that read "end fossil fuel, save our planet and our future". Protesting against the use of fossil fuels, the girl also gave a powerful speech on the stage before she was escorted away. 

12-Year Indian Girl Protests At COP28

Young Indian climate activist, Kangujam has made a name for herself by advocating for climate justice and action against the use of fossil fuels. The youngest environmentalist in India, Kangujam today displayed an impactful act of protest at a global platform. 

The teenager bolted onto the stage of the COP28 summit held in Dubai in front of hundreds of political leaders and delegates to display her strong protest against the use of fossil fuels as the phasing out of fossil fuels was a matter of discussion in the climate summit. 

The climate activist also gave a speech on the stage which received a loud round of applause from the audience before she was escorted out as she powerfully shouted her point. However, the young girl said, "They can't silence my voice."

The activist also shared on her X account that she was detained for 30 minutes after she displayed the protest stating "My only crime- Asking to Phase Out Fossil Fuels, the top cause of climate crisis today." As she detailed that she was later kicked out of the summit. 


The young climate activist also shared another post questioning why her badges had been ceased on UN premises and claimed if COP28 would be really standing up against the phasing out of fossil fuels they must return her badges. She also alleged that such behaviour towards her was a "gross violation and abuse of Child Rights" which is against UN principles. 

This Year's COP28 summit held in Dubai hosted more than 60,000 delegates from 190 countries discussing the fading fossil fuels.


Who Is Licypriya Kangujam?

12-year-old Licypriya Kangujam is the youngest climate activist in India born in Bashikhong, ManipurDaughter of Kanarjit Kangujam and Bidyarani Devi Kangujam Ongbi, Kangujam belongs to the Meitei ethnic group.

Kangujam began campaigning for climate action at the age of 8 and quickly gained international recognition for her powerful speeches at climate summits, including COP26 meeting with world leaders and other prominent figures to discuss climate change and demands immediate action to address the climate crisis, including a phase-out of fossil fuels.

Kangujam advocates for climate justice, particularly for developing countries that are disproportionately affected by climate change and quickly made her name on international platforms with her passion for climate justice. 

She was appointed as a Special Envoy of Timor-Leste on Climate Change and was featured in the book "100 Most Influential People of 2021" by TIME Magazine. Her story is also included in CBSE English textbooks for Grades 3 and 7.

Her actions have sparked international debate and drawn attention to the urgency of tackling climate change.

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