Today, June 5, marks World Environment Day–a day dedicated to generating awareness regarding the threats lurking over the environment. The day is celebrated annually all over the world, with a different theme and agenda every year, hosted by one country.
This year’s event has been themed Beat Plastic Pollution, and is being hosted by India. The excessive use of plastic has raised concerns worldwide, giving rise to plastic-ban campaigns, with dignitaries from all spheres of life coming together to beat this evil.
While Bollywood celebs are taking up the cause, and using their stardom to create awareness regarding the hazards of using the non-recyclable and single-use plastic, Dia Mirza is leading this bandwagon.
Here’s how Bollywood celebs are making considerable attempts to curb the plastic splurge:
1. Dia Mirza
The former beauty queen waa appointed as the United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India in November, 2017, and is resorting to social-media for the cause. The Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein actress recently posted a video, where she talks about how nearly 45 billion feminine hygiene products are disposed off each year, which, when incinerated, release toxic fumes. Else, ”they end up in landfills or even in the ocean, causing serious harm to the health of the environment–to your health and to my health,” warned Dia.
She asked women to switch to biodegradable sanitary napkins, and do their bit in saving mother nature.
The actress frequently posts videos to explain how the non-biodegradable plastic is causing an irreparable damage to our surroundings.
2. Juhi Chawla
Actress Juhi Chawla has also stood in support of plastic ban, and took up the Beat Plastic Pollution challenge making rounds on social media. For World Environment Day, the actress shared a picture of herself on social media, holding wooden toothbrushes, thereby implying that she is ditching its plastic counterpart, and tagged the others to join the challenge.
The Beat Plastic Pollution challenge that Bollywood stars are taking up involves –
a) Choose which type of single-use plastic you are ready to replace
b) Take a selfie with a reusable alternative you are ready to embrace
c) Share your selfie on social media with the following #BeatPlasticPollution & #WorldEnvironmentDay and challenge your friends.
3. Ayushmann Khurrana
Actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana also joined the league of celebs taking an initiative to rid the country from the use of hazardous plastic. Ahead of the World Environment Day– the star took to social media, and posted a video, where he can be singing a song titled “Tik Tak Plastic”–for an NGO Bhamla Foundation in collaboration with United Nations. The song melodiously highlights the doom that plastics are for the planet, and hits right where it hurts the most.
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4. Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut too has joined the fight against single-use plastic bags, and resorted to social media to share a picture–where she can be seen wearing a mask which reads “Stop Plastic Suffocation”. The Queen actress shared two posts, in the first one, she urged people to wear a plastic mask for just ten seconds to understand the kind of environment the future generations will live in.
In the second video, she stated, “In 30 years, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish”, and showed her support for plastic ban.
5. Richa Chadha
Richa Chadha has always been vocal about doing her bit for the environment. The Fukrey actress has been leading a very organic lifestyle, and has adopted the idea of sustainable fashion, in an attempt to prevent further harm to the environment.
6. Amitabh Bachchan
Sr Bachchan has always shown support for nature-friendly causes. Be it the Versova Clean-Up drive or the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan–Big B has never failed to take a stand for the protection of the environment.
7. Taapsee Pannu
The Pink actress was roped in for a campaign by Animal Planet, which focuses on generating awareness regarding the survival and conservation of tigers.
8. Priyanka Chopra
A UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) Goodwill Ambassador, Priyanka has travelled to various camps set up for under-privileged women and children, all over the world. She has been vocal about her support for plastic-ban, while being immensely supportive towards other such eco-friendly causes.