Bollywood Celebrities Supporting Environmental Causes – Making Earth a Better Place.
As we all know, those who are rich and famous have the power to influence people, B-Town celebrities are one of the most influential personalities in India. We have heard how Leonardo DiCaprio is going huge with his environmental activism and is working tirelessly on the issue of climate change.
Let’s talk about personalities who are putting their best foot forward to help planet Earth.
Gul Panag has actively been working in the field of renewable energy, especially solar power and rainwater harvesting. 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.
She is also a part of Col. Shamsher Singh Foundation and Gul 4 Change which work for proper waste disposal, basic sanitation and effectively employment of natural energy resources. She is often seen driving her own electric car.
Versatile actor and talented director Rahul Bose has also been working towards the cause of climate change. He served as ambassador of Oxfam in 2007, he was Oxfam’s first Global Ambassador from the Eastern Hemisphere.
In India, he launched an initiative on climate change in 2009 which focused on government policy at the highest level and advocacy for the cause through talks with various international bodies such as the United Nations.
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.
Akshay Kumar has not only been taking on social causes via his films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Padman, but otherwise as well the man has taken a stand.
He was appointed the face of the initiative ‘Swachhata hi Seva’ by the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments. In Mumbai, Akshay is the face of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ‘Swachh Sarvekshan’ drive through which Mumbaikars are encouraged to maintain the city’s cleanliness.
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 energy power project in Gujarat’s Patan district in 2012, post which he announced the completion of a 25MW solar plant through a joint venture in Gujarat’s solar park at Charanka.
Ajay has also joined WWF-India and had pledged his support to ‘Earth Hour 2013’, WWF’s global campaign to raise awareness and bring about action on climate change.
The handsome hunk of Bollywood might not be doing many films lately but he is actively working on several social causes. He has associated himself with the “PowerLight A Village" initiative, that provides solar-powered electricity to the rural areas of the nation.
Furthermore, he has associated himself with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in 2005 and since then he is doing his deed. In 2016, as the owner of the Indian Super League’s football team NorthEast United FC, John put up autographed jerseys for auction, with the entire proceeds going to the welfare group ‘Animal Rahat’, PETA India’s US affiliate.
Abhishek Bachan has been actively participating in initiatives fighting against climate change. In 2012, he won the Green Globe Award for his efforts in fighting the climate crisis.
He also expresses the feeling to make a movie on Environment change.
Our Shahenshah, the megastar has been an unceasing activist for climate change. In 2007, he launched the Global Cool campaign along with Sienna Miller, to raise awareness in India about global warming.
In 2008, Amitabh showed his support for the United Nation’s Billion Tree Campaign by planting a tree at the UN’s Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Bangkok.
He was the face of the ‘Save Our Tigers’ campaign that spread awareness on the importance of tiger conservation in India as well as supported PETA campaigns against an elephant that was being chained and tortured in a temple in Kolhapur.
Dia Mirza has been contributing a lot to bring a change in the environment.
Towards the end of 2017, 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 programme. Furthermore, she is also a member of the Sanctuary Nature Foundation.