‘Wakeup Movement’ for climate change

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Wakeup Movement, a social youth organisation in collaboration with Redendron organised a foot rally on the occasion of Children’s Day (14th November) to aware the citizens on climate change, global warming and other rising environmental concerns. The 5km long foot rally commenced from Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College, Tadong and ended at Hungry Jack, Gangtok.

With an objective to ignite Sikkimese people on the urgency of the need to combat climate change and global warming, the foot rally had more than 200 students from various institutions of Sikkim like Tashi Namgyal Academy, Holy Cross School, NBBD College, Burtuk Govt. College, SRM University, St Xaviers School, Mangalbaria SS School etc.

Wakeup movement is a newly formed forum by three Sikkimese teenagers namely Rishal Pandey, Ashwatth Tamang and Chultim Bhutia and is doing its best to create awareness among the general masses and students of the hills to protect and conserve the environment and join the global movement against climate change. Tseyang Bhutia and Swarnim Gurung are also the core members of the team.

The agenda of the organisation is: #Standupforissuesgreaterthanpolitics and they were successful in organising two cleanliness drives at Darjeeling and one Inter-School Declamation Competition at Gangtok. Rishal Pandey Chettri, one of the founders mentions that “We can not deny the fact that climate change is not hitting our state. The mighty river Teesta is crying for help, pharmaceutical companies are polluting it without stopping. It’s high time to wakeup. We know it’s going to take a while, but if we all are united: we surely can.”

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