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New Delhi. Shri Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of Environment and Forests(I/C) said we need to enthuse the younger generation into wild life and forest conservation for environmental protection. Introducing the youth delegation of four girls for COP-15 at Copenhagen, the Minister said there are some excellent young professionals now who are wild life conservators, environmental protectors and very active in allied activities. He said I t is his responsibility and desire to give positions of prominence to this young generation who are working for conservation. He congratulated World Wildlife Fund for taking this initiative and the young members for their accomplishment.

The World Wide Fund for Nature- India along with the Ministry of Environment and Forests jointly announced the youth delegation for the United Nations climate change talks at Copenhagen. These youth delegates were selected through ’Prithvi Ratna,’ a National Level Essay Writing Competition for Youth on Climate Change. The objective of the competition was to inculcate a sense of ecological citizenship amongst the youth by providing them a platform to express their views. Mr Ramesh said they are going not only in individual capacity, but also going on behalf of the people of India. He expressed the hope that they will do proud to our country.

Congratulating the winners, Mr. Ravi Singh, SG & CEO, WWF- India, said,” The youth are the future and it is for them to create a change towards a better planet. WWF-India is proud to be associated with the selection of this team who are probably the youngest participants at Copenhagen. We look forward to them voicing the opinion of the youth of the nation.”

The competition was open for the age groups from 16yrs to 21yrs and was conducted in all states and Union Territories of India. The entries were submitted in both English and Hindi. The topic for the competition was –‘You are India’s future generation- How can you lead/influence climate change challenge to ensure a sustainable future for the country and planet.’ The central panel of judges comprised of leading personalities in the field of Journalism, English and Hindi language and external climate change experts.

The 4 winners will be a part of the Indian Contingent for COP 15 – The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from December 7 – 18, 2009. The winners are Ramsha Sajid (16yrs) and Aadya Dube (17yrs) from Carmel Convent Senior Secondary School, BHEL Govindpura, Bhopal, Ruchika Pokhriyal (19 yrs) from Acharya Narendra Dev College, Kalkaji, Govindpuri, New Delhi and Deeksha Singh (20 yrs) from Patna Women’s College, Avila Convent, Patna. The winners will participate in the Conference from December 6 – 12, 2009. 8 other finalists will travel to Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand for an expedition.

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