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Licypriya Kangujam

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Licypriya Kangujam
Licypriya Kangujam at the United Nations Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand on 5 September 2019.
Licypriya Kangujam

(2011-10-02) 2 October 2011 (age 12)
Bashikhong Village, Manipur, India
Occupation(s)Student, environmental activist
Years active2018–present
Known forRising Voice to Combat Climate Change
MovementThe Child Movement
  • Bidyarani Devi Kangujam Ongbi (mother)
  • KK Singh (Kanarjit Kangujam) (father)
RelativesChinglensana Kangujam (Uncle)

Licypriya Kangujam (born 2 October 2011) is a child environmental activist from Manipur, India.[2] She belongs to the Meitei ethnicity of Manipur. She is one of the youngest global climate activists that has addressed world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2019 to take immediate climate actions. Licypriya has been campaigning for climate action in India since 2018. Her campaigns were to pass new laws to change India's high pollution levels. She also campaigned to make climate-change literacy mandatory in schools.[3][4][5][6]

She has been called as "India's Greta Thunberg". However, she does not like the usage of this term.[7]


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Licypriya started working against climate change in July 2018.[8] She was inspired by the climate activist Greta Thunberg. On 21 June 2019, Licypriya started spending a week outside the Indian Parliament House to draw the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pass a climate change law in India. On 31 August 2019, Licypriya received the "World Children Peace Prize 2019". It was given by Mr. Charles Allen, Director of Partnerships of Global Peace Index – Institute of Economics & Peace (IEP), Australia. She received the award in an event organized by the Regional Alliance of Fostering Youth and Ministry of Youth Sports and Community Empowerment, Government of Maldives. She was also honored with the title "Rising Star" by the Earth Day Network, Washington, D.C., USA.[9][10][11]

On 19 November 2019, she was given the "SDGs Ambassador Award 2019" at Chandigarh University by Dainik Bhaskar and NITI Aayog, Government of India. Licypriya also received the "Global Child Prodigy Award 2020" on 3 January 2020 in New Delhi by Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry Kiran Bedi.[12] On 18 February 2020, she addressed the TEDxSBSC held in University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. On 23 February 2020, she addressed the TEDxGateway held in Mumbai and received a standing ovation for her speech. She addressed TEDx talks for the six times by the time she was nine years old.[13][14]


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  1. "India climate activist Licypriya Kangujam on why she took a stand". BBC News. 6 February 2020. BBC OS. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  2. Sudevan, Praveen (30 November 2020). "India should make climate education compulsory: Nine-year-old activist Licypriya Kangujam". The Hindu.
  3. "Meet Licypriya Kangujam, the 8-yr-old Indian 'Greta' who is urging leaders at COP25 to save the planet". The Economic Times. 20 September 2019.
  4. "Eight-Year-Old Licypriya Kangujam Is Flying India's Flag at COP25". The Wire (India). 10 December 2019.
  5. "Indian 8-year-old challenges world leaders to act on climate change at COP25 in Madrid". The Hindu. 10 December 2019.
  6. "Meet Licypriya Kangujam, the 8-yr-old Indian 'Greta' who is urging leaders at COP25 to save the planet". The Economic Times. 10 December 2019.
  7. Banerji, Annie (2020-02-08). "'Don't call me India's Greta Thunberg and erase my story': Eight-year-old Licypriya Kangujam". Scroll.in. Archived from the original on 2021-02-06.
  8. Licypriya Kangujam [@LicypriyaK] (27 Jan 2020). "Dear Media, Stop calling me "Greta of India". ..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. "India climate activist Licypriya Kangujam on why she took a stand". BBC News. 6 February 2020.
  10. "One year on, child climate activist, 8, continues strike outside Indian parliament". The Straits Times. 6 February 2020.
  11. "This 7-Yr-Old Girl Stood Near Parliament Urging PM Narendra Modi To Pass The Climate Change Law Now". The Times of India.
  12. "Licypriya Kangujam from India - the world's youngest climate activist - stands with Greta Thunberg and demands three new policies". Business Insider.
  13. "Licypriya Kangujam".
  14. "Young ones to take centre stage at TEDxGateway tomorrow". The Hindu.