Licypriya Kangujam (born 2 October 2011) is an Indian child environmental activist from India.
Licypriya Kangujam was born on 2 October 2011 in Bashikhong, Manipur, India, the eldest daughter of K. K. Singh and Bidyarani Devi Kangujam Ongbi. Kangujam began raising her voice to combat climate change and disaster risk reduction, when she was seven. In June 2019, she protested in front of the Parliament House of India addressing the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to enact the climate change law in India.
Visits to Africa
Kangujam attended the UNESCO Partners' Forum 2019 (Biennial Luanda) in Luanda City, Angola invited by UNESCO, African Union & Government of Angola. She addressed on climate change along with President of Angola João Lourenço, President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of Malawi Hage Geingob, President of Republic of the Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso, First Lady of Angola Ana Dias Lourenço, First Lady of Namibia Monica Geingos, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2018 Denis Mukwege, UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, Deputy Prime Minister of Guinea Francois Fall and all Culture Ministers of Africa.
Survival Kit for the Future
Licypriya brings out a symbolic device called SUKIFU (Survival Kit for the Future) to curb the air pollution on 4 October 2019. SUKIFU is almost a zero budget kit designed from trash to provide fresh air into our body when the pollution rate is high. This wearable plant is a recognition of the Green Movement for air pollution. Anybody can build up this concept at home from the recycling trash to instill fresh air directly into our lungs. She launched it in front of the Punjab & Haryana Legislative Assembly House as a symbol of demonstration before the oath taking ceremony of newly elected Haryana MLAs & Ministers. She draws the attention of the leaders to find urgent solution for the current crisis of air pollution in Delhi & National Capital Region (NCR).
In an interview given to the The Northeast Today, she said "This is the ultimate solution. Whoever, carry this, especially the children moving on the popular street laced with SMOG, would attract the attention of the climate experts, pollution control board members, scientists, policy makers, city/municipal commissioners and the entire generation, who are bound to ensure 'Safe Future' to their 'Generation Next'. This type of pollution is not acceptable by any standards." "I was inspired by the Chih Chiu’s ‘Voyage on the planet‘. This invention sends a poignant message about environmental degradation and questions the planet's unknown future and environmental depletion", she added. Licypriya said to the Shillong Times, "Governments are busy in blaming each other instead of finding a long term solutions on the deadly air pollution. Children are unable to go out of the home in Delhi. All schools have been shut down by the Government. They must act now otherwise our future will be dying."
Further she added that the project is inspired by the air pollution problem in Delhi, and that she doesn't want its message to only be about the environment. Instead, it's about the same adaptability that caused her to come forward with a mission, the qualities of resilience that it takes to survive now and in the future. In SUKIFU, a potted plant is housed inside a clear backpack (rucksack) hooked up to one tube to funnel fresh air into a face mask. It's a bold, abstract take on an oxygen tank. The transparent rucksack contains a plant, which connects to breathing apparatus. Another hole in the downside supply the natural fresh air inside the tank through four layers of activated carbon. The plant symbolises our dying environment and our planet due to human beings. No chemicals or electricity is used in this device.
She developed the model with the support of Chandan Ghosh, professor at Indian Institute of Technology Jammu (IIT). Ghosh said to The Tribune, "Many areas in Delhi recorded an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 999, beyond which reading is not possible, on Diwali night. The prescribed normal limit is 60. I am concerned about the health of children and infants. This concept speaks to the fragility of the environment, and our own vulnerability. Licypriya is sending a strong message to everyone destroying our future. According to a WHO survey of 1600 world cities, air pollution in India is estimated to kill 1.5 million people every year; it is the fifth largest killer in India. India has the world's highest death rate from chronic respiratory diseases and asthma. In Delhi, poor quality air irreversibly damages the lungs of 2.2 million or 50 percent of all children. Now India needs a long term solution to save the health of the people specially children and our environment."
Licypriya Kangujam attended the COP25. Kangujam submitted a memorandum "on behalf of the children of the world". The memorandum consists of four pages which stated that she urged to create a better future for all children around the world.
World Economic Forum 2020
In 2020 Licypriya published a letter to the participants at the World Economic Forum with activists Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Isabelle Axelsson, and Loukina Tille, calling on companies, banks and governments to immediately stop subsidizing fossil fuels. In an article given to The Guardian they said, “We don’t want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021, we want this done now – as in right now.We call upon the world’s leaders to stop investing in the fossil fuel economy that is at the very heart of this planetary crisis. Instead, they should invest their money in existing sustainable technologies, research and in restoring nature. Short-term profit should not trump long-term stability of life.”
Campaign for teaching climate change in schools
She has been campaigning to make lessons in climate change mandatory in schools and as per her request the government of Gujarat has included climate change in school education.