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Material interests will have to be made subservient to the existence of the species: Justice DY Chandrachud speaks on Climate Change

Justice Chandrachud also gave the example of climate change activist, Greta Thunberg to point out that nobody is too young or too insignificant to make a difference on this planet.

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We are in the midst of an accelerated climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that ecological disruption exacerbates existing inequalities, Justice DY Chandrachud observed on Saturday.null

On the issue of climate change, Justice Chandrachud added,

“To combat this climate change crisis, we will require global action at an unprecedented rate and an engaged citizen rate with participation especially from students. Material interests will have to be made subservient to the existence of a species.”

He went on to give the example of climate change activist, Greta Thunberg to point out that nobody is too young or too insignificant to make a difference on this planet and said,

“Greta Thunberg, who is one of the strongest voices in civil society since climate change began her journey as a lone 15 year old, sitting outside the Swedish Parliament demanding action against the risks of global warming. Her example in addition to that of many others shows us that no one is too young or too insignificant to effectuate a big change”, he said.

Justice Chandrachud also gave his own example to instil the audience with hope that nobody is too old to make a difference either.

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“My learning for life at this age if I may say so is that you’re never too old to become successful either,” the apex Court judge added.

Justice DY Chandrachud concluded his address with a quote from legal academician and philosopher Martha Nussbaum who had said,

It would be catastrophic to become a nation of technically competent people who have lost the ability to think critically, to examine themselves and respect the humanity and diversity of others.”

The Judge was speaking at the 101st birth anniversary celebrations of his father and former Supreme Court judge, Justice YV Chandrachud. The event was organised by Shikshana Prasaraka Mandali.

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