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Decision makers who play a central role in India's climate action policy

"My Government has announced that India will put an end to single-use plastic in the coming years. I believe the time has come for even the world to say good-bye to single-use plastic."

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

"India will work towards creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030."

Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

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India incurs losses of approximately Rs 62,000 crore annually due to extreme weather events. What’s our plan to address this? @narendramodi @DrSJaishankar.

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The WHO estimates Climate Change to cause additional 250,000 deaths PER YEAR between 2030 and 2050, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress. How can this be countered?

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Living standards in Chhattisgarh and MP to be worst hit by Climate Change by 2050. What steps are being taken to mitigate the crisis @ChhattisgarhCMO and @CMMadhyaPradesh? #YouthForClimate

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Rising temperatures will significantly reduce rice and wheat yield in India in coming years. What steps are being taken to combat this @AgriGoI @moefcc? #YouthForClimate

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Nearly 67 million tonnes of food wasted in India every year, a key contributor to #ClimateChange. How will India mitigate the issue of food surpluses in coming years @MOFPI_GOI @narendramodi? #YouthForClimate

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How will the govt involve young people in the combat against #ClimateChange @PMOIndia @PrakashJavdekar? #YouthForClimate

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Recent @ILO report states increase in heat stress from #climatechange to lead to a global productivity loss of 80 mn full time jobs by 2030. How will India mitigate this @PrakashJavdekar @narendramodi @DrSJaishankar #YouthForClimate

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In what ways will the government utilise technology to mitigate #ClimateChange @PMOIndia @PrakashJavdekar? #YouthForClimate

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How has @swachhbharat helped in mitigating the #ClimateCrisis and where has it failed? What steps are being undertaken for better implementation? @narendramodi @PrakashJavdekar #YouthForClimate

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Air pollution in different Indian cities is leading to chronic health ailments. It’s not an invisible killer anymore, we recognise it. What urgent data and policy measures can we look at to prevent this? #PollutionStories #YouthForClimate

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India could lose workplace productivity equivalent of 34 million jobs in 2030 due to global warming: @ILO report. How are we mitigating the #ClimateCrisis @PMOIndia @moefccc? #YouthForClimate

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India needs to commit to tougher climate targets and faster transitions to renewable energy. How is the government planning to bring this into action? #PollutionStories #YouthForClimate

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Young people across the country are on the streets to demand action. How can they work together with the government to address and take action on the current climate crisis? #PollutionStories #YouthForClimate

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This year, India faced one of its longest and most intense heat waves. At least 36 lives were lost. Are we building capacity to withstand heat waves predicted to intensify in coming years @narendramodi @PrakashJavdekar? #YouthForClimate

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Nearly 148 million Indians live in “severe hotspots” of climate change, according to the World Bank’s 2018 South Asia Hotspot report. What climate adaptation measures can we look at urgently? #PollutionStories #YouthForClimate

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Individual incomes predicted to take a hit by 10% by 2050, as a result of #ClimateChange. How are we mitigating this, in light of predicted rise in inflation @PMOIndia? #YouthForClimate

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If no steps are taken to curb GHG emissions, then around 600 million Indians could be adversely impacted. What actions can be taken to prevent this? @PrakashJavdekar @narendramodi #YouthForClimate

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Over 2.7 million people were displaced internally in India due to extreme weather events in 2018. Are we building capacity in less affected areas to meet the population burden @PMOIndia @moefcc @MOHUA_India?#YouthForClimate

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Women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change with serious implications for their health, employability and lifestyles. How are we building their resilience @narendramodi @PrakashJavdekar @Manekagandhibjp #YouthForClimate

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In 2018, 76.42% of India’s electricity came from highly polluting coal, according to a June 2018 report from the Ministry of Power. What actions can be taken to reduce this? #PollutionStories #YouthForClimate

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By reducing the environmental impacts of waste, we can reduce soil pollution and increase food safety. How can we ensure firm actions on the ban of single-use plastic are implemented? #PollutionStories #YouthForClimate

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How can we advance the role of young people in leadership on climate action and even policy formation? #PollutionStories #YouthForClimate

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Aarey in Mumbai, Aravalli in Gurugram, Saranda in Jharkhand. Indian forests are in danger. Forest fires are on a rise. How can we save this important resource? #SaveAarey #AravalliBachao #PollutionStories #YouthForClimate

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An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

Find out more about the campaign here.

A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

Read more about the campaign here.

A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

Let’s Talk Period aims to change this by

Find out more about her campaign here.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform Change.org, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on Change.org has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in Change.org’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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