After scoring a century of centuries, Sachin Tendulkar has now taken up the task of saving the environment by becoming the national ambassador for Earth Hour 2012. In an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, the little master explains how he has adopted energy efficiency in his own life.
Why do you think Earth Hour is important?
A simple act of switching off lights as a symbolic show of support makes for a powerful statement. Centred around conservation of resources, the campaign is an innovative way of showing that we care. It involves people from all walks of life and across cities big and small.
Considering that you have a large house, have you installed energy-saving devices there? What is your experience in this regard?
At our home, conservation of energy is practised by all of us. And yes, we have installed these devices. More than anything else, they are also cost effective over a period of time, and hence, there is a good case for going for such devices. They consume less, and cost less too.
What do you think is good and bad for the environment?
It’s the stress on natural resources that is taking the planet to the point of no return. Pollution of water bodies, over-exploitation of resources and mindless development is bad for us, and for our environment. However, the good thing is that despite so much stress, nature still has a way of balancing its scales, and we continue to experience the bounties of nature.
What would be your message to young Indians with regard to protecting the environment?
India is on the world map today. Our youth have taken the lead in several walks of life. Wherever you go in the world, you see high-performing Indians. Caring for the environment and the world we live in should be a way of life. I would appeal to the youth to be sensitive to issues that concern the world today. Young Indians are the custodians of the future, and it’s important for them to realise the value of a secure future, which comes from the right kind of development. But not everyone has to be an environmentalist. Sometimes a simple thought, a show of support, is all it takes.
Do you find a link between cricket and saving the earth from the impact of climate change?
There is always a link between ideas, where we give in our best and maintain discipline to ensure the best. I give my best to cricket and if, through this medium, I am able to raise awareness on the impact of climate change, then I would very much like to use this opportunity to reach out to my fans and ignite the fire in them to strive towards a better planet.