We have all seen the fame and power that comes with any celebrity’s name in Bollywood. What we do not see are the quiet efforts that these celebrities put in to make the world a better place to live in. There are various problems that our planet is facing today, including global warming, ozone depletion, and pollution. These problems are huge and grave and while one individual may not be able to find a solution to all of them, each one of us can play a part in making the world a better place to live in. When it comes to our planet’s survival, we need to forget all our differences and join our hands together trying to save Earth.
With great power comes a great responsibility. The rich and the famous have the power to influence many people in doing their bit to save the planet. Bollywood celebrities are among the richest and most powerful people in our country and they are doing their bit in saving our race from extinction. We have heard how Leonardo DiCaprio is going huge with his environmental activism and is working tirelessly on the issue of climate change. He even did a film The Revenant showed the horrifying story of survival in future. What we do not hear are the news of the efforts that our celebrities right here at home in Bollywood are putting in. Here is a list of them:
1. Dia Mirza
Source: Proving her mettle as an actress in films like Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein and Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dia Mirza gradually shifted her course. She has been contributing a lot to bring a change in the environment. She was appointed as the first United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India. She is also the ambassador of Wildlife Trust of India, which is a part of Swachh Bharat Mission’s youth-based program. Furthermore, she is also a member of the Sanctuary Nature Foundation. She has been promoting the protection of various habitats as well as the environment.
“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,” she said in an interview.
2. Gul Panag
Source: Gul Panag has been actively working on promoting natural energy resources. In fact, she has an eco-friendly home, which uses solar energy for power generation and has water harvesting as one of its key features. Furthermore, she is also a part of Col. Shamsher Singh Foundation and Gul 4 Change which work for proper waster disposal, basic sanitation and effectively employment of natural energy resources.
3. Rahul Bose
Source: Versatile actor and talented director Rahul Bose has also been working towards the cause of climate change. In 2009, the Pyaar Ke Side Effects actor represented Oxfam at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen. He, in fact, joined thousands of people in the mass rally as well as candlelight vigil that took place outside the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. Furthermore, he also has a foundation which works on climate change issues.
4. Nandita Das
Source: Nandita Das, who is also known for protesting against advertisement of fairness products in the country, has been actively working towards the cause of water conservation. She has done Masters in Social work from University of Delhi. In 2003, she collaborated with New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment for spreading awareness on water conservation as well harvesting. Furthermore, she has also produced and directed educational short films on rain water harvesting for children.
5. Akshay Kumar
Source: Akshay Kumar has not only been taking on social causes via his films in Bollywood like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Padman, but otherwise as well the man has taken a stand. Promoting the Swachh Bharat initiative, Akshay has paired up with BMC to promote cleanliness in Mumbai.
6. John Abraham
Source: The handsome hunk of Bollywood might not be doing many films lately but he is actively working on several social causes. We have all seen him advertising cosmetic brand Garnier, but not all of us know that with that he also supports their campaign that provides solar-powered electricity to the rural areas of the nation. Furthermore, he has associated himself with PETA.
7. Abhishek Bachchan
Source: “If I have to make a movie on environment, I will,” when Abhishek Bachchan said this, he received a roaring response from the audiences on the stage of the Green Globe Foundation and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) award ceremony, where he was awarded Green Globe award for his outstanding efforts in fighting the climate change. He was honoured by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
8. Amitabh Bachchan
Source: Like father, like son. Not only Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh is also fighting to save the environment from climate change. He partnered with Global Cool an International Indian Film Academy in order to build awareness about India’s vulnerability to climate change. Furthermore, he has also joined the moment to reduce the use of vehicles and air-conditioners while shooting of films.
9. Ajay Devgn
Source: Apart from impressing us by playing strong roles in his films, Ajay Devgn has also been doing his bit to save the mother Earth. He helped in setting up of a solar plant in Gujarat’s Patan district. Furthermore, he also supported the ban on fire-crackers which causes pollution. “For the time being it’s a right decision. I believe it should be implemented in other cities also,” he had said.