Archana Soreng, belonging to a indigenous tribal community has become the young warrior of climate change. Hailing from a family who made tribal movements and women empowerment their mission, the 24-year-old took upon herself to become a change.
It was when Archana Soreng was in class 8 that she realised the motive of her life, when she understood the meaning of her last name which means “rocks”, that her fate was intertwined with mother earth.
The native of Bihaband, aims to include traditional knowledge of indigenous communities in policy action for protection of nature.
Soreng points that the new generation aware of the treasures of the centuries-old tradition practised by the ancestors. She calls upon the millennials to stick to these traditional practise as it will help us save the earth.
“… it is very important to document the traditional knowledge and practices because we never know when our elders will not be with us. They’re the ones who’ve always led eco-friendly lives, and we cannot lose the knowledge and information they have. These need to be documented because if my generation will not do this, upcoming generations will have nowhere else to get it from,” says Soreng.
Soreng took up her Master’s in Regulatory Governance at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai and even went on to become TISS Students’ Union President (2017–18).
The seven-member youth advisory group will provide insight into perspectives and solutions to deal with the worsening climate crisis, even as the globe thrives to jointly mobilize action to deal with post-Covid recovery efforts.
The young activists, aged between 18 and 28 years, will advise the UN chief regularly on accelerating global action and ambition to tackle the worsening climate crisis.