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350 Million Reasons Why Youth from India Came Out for COP15

Posted on 09 December 2009 by editor

By Rajiv Fernando

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) Out of the many NGOs present in Copenhagen for the climate talks, the group “350” not only demonstrates the effects of climate change with its name, but shows how the younger generation from a developing country is rapidly becoming more active.

As an international campaign, their focus is on the number 350 parts per million (ppm) – the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in the atmosphere.

Rishabh Khanna from New Delhi and Ruchi Jain from Mumbai are two of the twenty Indian youth supporting and attending the climate conference on behalf of not only 350 but the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN). They both personally expect great things from this conference because they see a real treaty as a means of survival, not only for them but other South Asian countries as well.

However, when asked if they feel confident about the present proceedings, they had different answers and expectations.

“If the Annex I (developed) countries continue to dominate and bully the small island states and LDCs, it’s not going to lead us anywhere, because at the end of the day they have to understand climate change is happening in their backyard as well,” Khanna told TerraViva.

Jain felt positive going forward this time around.

Jain told TerraViva, “My confidence level is so high because for the first time there is an equal representation from the global south and their voice is heard and when young people come together to make decisions it is really inspiring.”

(END/2009)

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