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World Environment Day: Celebs who double as eco-warriors

June 5, today is World Environment Day yet there are some celebs who work all round the year to save Mother Nature and spread awareness regarding environmental issues among public.

bollywood Updated: Jun 05, 2017 11:53 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
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Actor Dia Mirza is one of the many celebrities who ensure to keep working for green issues, all round the year.

It’s World Environment Day today, and talks of doing our bit to preserve the earth have resurfaced. And though just one day in the year is earmarked for green issues, there are some celebrities, who passionately work for the cause for the other 364 days too.

On-screen they are actors and off-screen they are the eco-warriors. And since they are celebrities, their voice is often heard by millions, who in turn do their bit to save the earth. “People’s opinions are built on what the celebs say,” says Souparno Banerjee from the NGO Centre for Science and Environment, which came into prominence when Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio contacted them to shoot a documentary. “The kind of work he did here got a lot of mileage. It does bring things into consciousness,” adds Banerjee.

Here are some of the names from Hollywood and Bollywood’s green brigade, who have been toiling for the sake of the environment.

Amitabh Bachchan

Actor Amitabh Bachchan during a cleanliness drive at Juhu Beach in Mumbai. (Pramod Thakur/HT PHOTO)

This one megastar has been not only working towards saving the planet but also directing his fans to take up the cause in all seriousness. One of the prominent faces of Swachh Bharat campaign, the 74-year-old stellar actor is a brand ambassador of the campaign that encourages people to convert kitchen waste into compost. Bachchan has also tweeted in the past about the need to save our climate and environment. He’s also known to celebrate the Earth Hour, by switching off lights of his house for an hour, since past few years.

Brad Pitt

Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has been working tirelessly for environmental issues. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

His split from actor Angelina Jolie might be the hot news but that can’t take away from the actor’s endeavours to save the environment. In 2007, post Hurricane Katrina, the 53-year-old actor started a project in New Orleans to help build environment-friendly and affordable housing. Whenever in the city, Pitt bicycles around the city. He has made several contributions for mother and recently undertook a road trip across America’s national parks, for a maagazine shoot, apparantly to highlight the significance of parks in the public eye.

Dia Mirza

Actor Dia Mirza has been endorsing many a campaigns to save the earth. (Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)

Her passion to work for the environment emanates from “the eminent threat to our health and our lives”. 35-year-old Dia, who has been working for habitat preservation and wildlife protection says, “I have always advocated the need for sustainable living, to make green and environmental-friendly choices in our day to day lives, and for all of us to think about what kind of a world we’re leaving behind for the future generations. It begins with simple choices. Within my home, I have made multiple changes. For example, creating green spaces with a bird-feeding unit to attract birds, butterflies, bees and thereby helping urban ecosystems thrive. I have also replaced plastic with glass and ceramics, and ensure compulsory daily waste segregation.”

Gul Panag

Actor Gul Panag swears by her electric car that she has been driving for two years now. (Yogen Shah)

“I have been driving an electric car for over two years now. It’s the car that I use seven days a week, it’s compact, allows me the freedom of moving around in the city. And most important, zero emission. So, electric mobility, to me, is the most achievable way in which most of us can make a contribution to our society in terms of our environment. Because what’s choking the lungs of our cities specially Delhi and Mumbai, is essentially emission. While all emissions don’t come from personal cars because the larger part of the pollution that we see comes from industrial sites from construction site and burning of fields and commercial vehicles. But there has to be a start somewhere and I think we are in line. If we all start adopting electric mobility only then will we achieve India’s target of full electricity by 2030, which is just 13 years away. Unless we start changing mindsets and accepting electric mobility as a reality and not as an experiment, we are not going to achieve that target. I know I’m making a difference every single day when I’m driving my car. I think it’s important to make small changes in our lives and those of us who have influence, I think we should never lose an opportunity to influence other people positively towards climate change and the environment,” says the 38-year-old Gul Panag.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been working for the cause of climate change for quite a few years now. (REUTERS)

If you love him just for his immaculate screen presence then think again for Oscar-winning star Leonardo’s environmental activism will make you swoon over. The 42-year-old Titanic actor, who is a favourite across generations, has been working tirelessly for the pertinent issue of climate change. Besides his devotion to films, he has associated himself with organisations such as World Wildlife Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Green USA. Is there more to say about his love for this planet?

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First Published: Jun 04, 2017 18:40 IST