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Climate activist Licypriya Kangujam insists she doesn't want to be called the 'Indian Greta Thunberg'

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Climate activist Licypriya Kangujam insists she doesn't want to be called the 'Indian Greta Thunberg'

Climate activist Licypriya Kangujam insists she doesn't want to be called the 'Indian Greta Thunberg'

Licypriya Kangujam, the eight-year-old climate activist from Manipur in Northeast India does not want to be called India's Greta Thunberg.

"Stop calling me 'Greta of India'," wrote Licypriya Kangujam in a tweet addressed to the media on January 28.

"I began my movement since July 2018 even before Greta was started," she wrote.

"I first raised my voice to world leaders in Mongolia in a UN event in July 4, 2018," she added in a separate tweet.

In 2019 she protested in front of Indian parliament, holding a placard, and asking for the Climate Change law to be passed.

"I even dropped out of my school since February 2019 (before Grade 1 final exam) when I was just 7 years old due to my protests every week in front of the Parliament House of India," Licypriya Kangujam added.

Kangujam said she had also started a movement called Child Movement to call on world leaders to take immediate climate action.

17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, in August 2018, stopped going to school every Friday and instead protested in front of the Swedish Parliament to demand more effective measures against climate change.

Kangujam said that she had "sacrificed" a lot of her life at a "tender age" and it was not fair to call her "Greta of India".

"If you call me 'Greta of India', you are not covering my story.

You are deleting a story," she said in her Twitter thread.

Kangujam said she and Greta were working towards a "common goal" but she still had her own identity and story.

Kangujam has also been tweeting child climate activists from different countries and urging media and urging media to focus on all of them.

(Licypriya's videos have been filmed on different dates at different locations since 2017.)

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