January 15, 2019
The National Green Tribunal issued a two-page order dismissing Ridhima’s case against the government of India. Given the lack of consideration of the issues and evidence presented to the Tribunal and the lack of reasoning in the order, Ridhima and her lawyers plan to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of India.
Throughout 2017 and early-2018, youth petitioner Ridhima Pandey and the Indian government respondents have each filed several affidavits with India's National Green Tribunal. A substantive hearing on Ridhima’s allegations that the Indian government has failed to implement its emissions reductions policies and adhere to its environmental laws is expected in the near future. Our Children’s Trust looks forward to assisting Ridhima and her legal team as the case progresses.
March 22, 2017
Nine-year-old Ridhima Pandey filed a petition against the government of India in the National Green Tribunal, asserting that the Indian government has failed to fulfill its duties to her and the Indian people to mitigate climate change. The case includes allegations based on India’s Constitution, the Public Trust Doctrine, and Intergenerational Equity. The case also alleges the non-implementation of four environmental laws dating as far back as 1980, has contributed to the adverse impacts of climate change across India.
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