Environmental conservation remains a critical issue. Climate change, ozone depletion, rising water levels, widespread pollution are not just foes of the environment, but also threaten the entire fabric of human life on this planet. On World Environment Day we bring you a list of five popular actresses who have tried to make a positive contribution towards conserving the environment.
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1. Gul Panag
Gul Panag is well known for her social activism. She is the founder of Col. Shamsher Singh Foundation that works across spheres to create social change. One of its main domains has been environment conservation. Further, her foundation aims at providing public health through sanitation promotes first aid, rainwater harvesting, solar and wind energy.
2. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra remains an active figure when it comes to social activism. Her work as a campaign ambassador for Greenathon was widely appreciated. In collaboration with NDTV, she started a plastic clean-up drive in 2014 on the banks of River Yamuna in Agra.
The actress still remains associated with the clean environment initiative. Greenathon strives to create a national consciousness towards protecting the environment. She has been actively involved in spreading awareness among Indians about the need to adopt sustainable means. She has even helped them raise funds to support their noble cause of creating a green surrounding.
3. Nandita Das
Nandita Das has been a noted name associated with the water conservation movement in the country. The environmentalist talks passionately about sustainable alternatives. Her work on spreading awareness about water conservation has helped in promoting judicious practices. Also she has collaborated with Centre for Science and Environment to produce short films about rainwater harvesting.
Das actively promotes the adoption of rainwater harvesting to preserve water and use it without wastage. Apart from this, she is also involved in UNICEF’s initiatives to raise voice against the issue of sexual violence against women and children in India.
4. Dia Mirza
Since long Dia Mirza has been working for wildlife protection and habitat preservation. She also advocates a plastic-free environment and is passionate about clean energy. Last year, her work for environment conservation was recognised by the UN and she was appointed as the UN Environment’s Goodwill Ambassador for India.
Mirza has been the face of many prominent conservation campaigns in India. Further, her work with the UN extends to spreading awareness about clean air, clean seas, wildlife protection, sustainable development and climate change. She told IndiaTimes, “Air pollution is a very big issue; it’s a very big cause of death globally. It’s contributing to a significant rise in fertility and children’s health. The unfortunate reality is that out of 20, 10 cities in India are the most polluted and that is not just a number, it’s a reality which has to be combated with sustainable changes and they can be brought through awareness.”
5. Raveena Tandon
Raveena Tondon is part of the Earth Brigade Foundation’s effort to help avert the water crisis in wildlife sanctuaries. She said in a statement, “Conservation is absolutely the need of the hour as a lot of species are already extinct and we are on the verge of losing many more of these beautiful beasts to the war between man and animal. By destroying forests we are destroying the very base of mankind’s existence as we are upsetting the whole ecological cycle. Every creature was put on this planet for a reason and human beings need to fulfill their purpose of existence by saving Mother Earth. We are in reality actually saving ourselves.”
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