‘2015 saw 30 lakh Indians joining millions worldwide against climate change’

New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) Over 20 lakh Indians participated in a global campaign to demand urgent action to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change that preceded the Conference of Parties (CoP-21) in November, the world’s largest civil society movement said.

“From India to Mexico, Senegal to Sri Lanka, Uganda to the UK, campaigners succeeded in urging their leaders to reach a bold new international Climate Change agreement and commit to the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development,” action/2015 said in a statement on Monday.

Over 400,000 Indians sent postcards and another 16 lakh took action online as part of the campaign, “urging the prime minister to commit to a better future for India, at the UN General Assembly in September where the Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years were adopted”.

“The postcard campaign was implemented to especially enable marginalized communities like Dalits and adivasis, children, young adults and women to appeal directly to the prime minister and ensure that their demands are heard by all decision makers”, to join 21 million worldwide in the effort, the statement said.

action/2015 is a coalition of more than 2,200 organisations in 157 countries.-The campaign has received high profile support from figures including the One Direction band, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Queen Rania of Jordan, Bono, Ben Affleck, Bill and Melinda Gates and Mo Ibrahim.

“More than 32 million actions have been taken, urging governments to up their game in the fight against poverty, inequality and climate change,” the statement said.

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