INDIA: Filza Faheem, a four-year-old girl from Hazratbal, Srinagar, committed to planting more trees across the Kashmir Valley on Friday.
“I started alone with the hope that more people will join,” Filza tweeted as the #FridaysForFuture event in Kashmir got underway. Filza has been planting trees since she was three years old all around the valley.
The #FridaysForFuture movement began in August 2018, after Greta Thunberg, 15, and other teenage activists sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks to protest the lack of action on the climate problem.
She documented her actions on Instagram and Twitter, and they quickly went viral.
Filza’s parents believe in taking action on the ground and doing their part to teach their children about environmental issues.
Dr. Faheem added, “This is our small endeavor to safeguard the environment and care for climate change by teaching and encouraging our daughter to plant more trees.”
Being hopeful that this tiny step may inspire other parents and children in Kashmir to follow suit and contribute to the region’s environmental protection and conservation.
Filza had previously received an award from the South Asian Voluntary Association of Environmentalists (SAVAE), a Kashmir-based organization that focuses on South Asian environmental issues. A gift and a certificate of gratitude were also presented to her.
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