Sunday, 23 October 2016

Virat Kohli for Environment

"How beautiful the nature is!" The exclamation looks very strange for many of us who were born, grown up and feel cozy in the lap of the man-made wonderworld, full of artificiality - concrete, marble, glass, synthetics and plastics. Here soil, grass, plants, tree shade, fresh fruits and vegetables are seem to be the poor man's luxuries. Streams and rivers flowing  along with the freshness of the cool breeze are no more here to provide potable water. Plastic water bottles and sachets are here to temporarily quench the  never ending thirst. Living with domestic birds and animals is a taboo as they are not fit to stay in our sophisticated environs. The streets full of dazzling  lights are here to attract harmful mosquitoes and scare beneficial night creatures. Another wonder is that we needn't look up high into the dark sky to see the beauty of the gleaming moon amidst its companions the shining stars.

Still humanity is there to love its Mother Nature That's why a few generous hearts are yet blooming out to spread the sweet scented messages of the Mother Nature across. Their hearts shout out if something bad happen to mute animals or innocent children. When the world awaits to look at the way Virat Kohli bats. Mr. Kohl awaits for opportunities to help the Mother Nature to remain green, peaceful and happy. His attitude towards nature and animals is amazing. Some of his great deeds are mentioned here.

World Environment Day:

“Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care” was the motto of  the 2015 World Environment Day (WED) celebrations. The emphasis was primarily on the need to respect the bearing capacity of the planet and to manage natural resources efficiently. The Environment Ministry invited Virat Kohli along  with eminent sports personalities like Sachin Tendulkar and Sushil Kumar to participate in a nationwide plantation drive. Virat Kohli planted a tree and pledged to do his bit for the Mother Nature.

Great People Do Small Things in a Great Way (Swacch Bharat Abhiyan):

Great people won't do great things in a small way. But they do simple things in a great way! It's reported that during the second Test against New Zealand in Kolkata, the Test captain, Virat Kohli along with his teammates picked up a broom to sweep the stadium. Not only that when he found a few plastic bottles strewn across the turf in Indore stadium (during the third Test match) he took the initiative to pick up and dispose the bottles off the ground.

Noise free Diwali Campaign:

Virat Kohli was a supporter of Anushka Sharma's  campaigning for a noise-free Diwali for her canine friends. Anushka's PAWsitive is to spread the idea of compassion for animals during Diwali 2015.

Against Torture of Animals:

Virat Kohli was against terrifying and torturing bulls for the mere sake of human pleasure. While chasing the bulls get panicked, run berseked and break their bones or die during animal games. He was a signatory to a petition to uphold the ban on bull races and bull fights in 2015.

Condemned Attack on "Shaktiman":

Shaktiman was a well trained horse of Uttarakhand Mounted Police for several years. An MLA  attacked and made the horse to have one of its hind legs amputated. Virat Kohli expressed shock and disgust over the incident against the torture of the beautiful and harmless animal. He reacted strongly and urged the concern authorities to take appropriate action. The injured horse leg was replaced with an artificial prosthetic leg brought from the US. Unfortunately “Shaktiman" lost its battle with life after a brave fight for 37 days. When the horse died Virat Kohli tweeted that he shared the pain of the death of the police horse ‘Shaktiman‘.

Anti-Ragging Campaign:

Virat Kohli will be the star campaigner on TV commercials against ragging of freshers in colleges and other educational institutions.

Hope a few glimpses of these Virat Kohli's humanistic attitudes would certainly bring a lot of change among masses whether with respect to environmental protection,  animal rescue or in creating positive atmosphere in educational institutions.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Priyanka Chopra for Environment

There's a lot of fanfare about growth and development. It's real too. The amount of litter and plastic remnants around the localities indicates growth in retail and plastic business.  The number of superspeciality hospitals,  medical shops and patients indicates growth in health business. The replacement of soil, grass, ground covers and trees with concrete indicates growth in real estate business. The replacement of domestic animals with vehicles indicates growth in automobile industry. Making human beings physically inactive indicates growth in electrical and electronic business. One day sending out of humanity out of all services and industries will be the indication of growth in robotic business too.  Anyhow a great change is occurring for making some of our economists, planners and politicians feel happy that they are doing miracles to garner the support of voters.

It's said that this growth is for humanity only. But the incidents of torture against children, women and animals are also growing day by day. Along with life expectancy of human beings the pain and trauma due to degenerative diseases is also increasing. But many say that education will solve all these problems. But the results are quite different. The Mother Nature is not seem to be peaceful due to so many atrocities against its beloved creatures. Despite all this fuss still there's a ray of hope because of the  dedication being shown by some celebrities in humanistic activities.  One among them is Priyanka Chopra. She is an iconic Indian lady who is well-known not only as an actress, model and singer but also as a philanthropist and environmental activist. She has been an active participant for the cause of children, girl child, youth drug addiction,  leprosy, cancer patients, organ donations and many more.

Greenathon Ambassador:

She has been a brand ambassador for the NDTV-Toyota Greenathon started in 2008.  This is an initiative to support eco-friendliness especially in rural areas. The Greenathon helps in cleaning up rivers and recycling plastic bags. She appeared with children in an animated video to support the cause, and  removed rubbish from the banks of the Yamuna river in Agra. During the third and fourth editions of Greenathon she adopted up to seven villages.

Guardian of Zoo Animals:

Birsa Munda Zoological Park of Ranchi introduced a scheme for adoption of animals for a period of one year to 11 years.The scheme included donation of money for the upkeep of the animals and to create awareness about wildlife. Bollywood's 'junglee billi' Priyanka Chopra adopted a tigress Durga in 2011 and a 16-year-old lioness Sundari in 2012 at the Birsa Jaivik Udyan.

Ellie's Voice:

'Quantico' Star Priyanka Chopra Teamed With PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in 2015 to voice a 6.5-foot-tall walking-talking robotic elephant named "Ellie", who visited schools across the United States, Europe and India to educate kids about elephants and captivity, and to urge people to boycott circuses. The robotic elephant Ellie would speak to students and share her story via Priyanka Chopra’s voice. It gave a detailed explanation about painful separation from her mother as an infant, physical punishment endured in the circus in which it's kept chained, forced to learn tricks, deprived of all the things, but finally a happy life at a sanctuary after being rescued.

Swacch Bharat Abhiyan:

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi selected Priyanka Chopra as one of his nine nominees called "Navratna" in 2014 for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. She lent her whole-hearted support to the campaign by cleaning and rehabilitating a garbage-laden neighbourhood Versoa in Mumbai for 16 days. She chose the place in Versova which she visited during the shooting of her film "Agneepath". There she herself picked up the garbage, cleaned and beautified the area with some plants and made the residents happy. It's said that together with her team she could manage to dispose about eight trucks of garbage from there.

WED Challenge:

She was one of the Chinese and Indian stars to battle for World Environment Day (WED) competition on 5th June 2011. She faced off in that online competition to encourage members of the public to take up a green activity. In the run-up individuals, groups, families, schools and communities post-detailed of their green activities such as providing clean air, housing rich biodiversity, supplying water, etc. Priyanka pledged to plant a tree for every WED activity registered in her name.

We hope that the dedication and sincerity of celebritie like Priyanka Chopra would one day definitely bring a great change in the mindset of the society to get the pristine environment full of clean air, water and food back for the teaming millions of human populations across the drying planet. We can await for the renuvenation of the past glory in the wilderness too!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Mammootty for Environment

Mammootty the Evergreen Hero:

Mammootty is an exemplified Malayalam  film star for undertaking a number of humanistic  activities, varying from free cataract operations, heart surgeries, pain and palliative care organisation and environmental works.

"Yes" to Organic Farming and "No" to Chemical Farming:

The real hero of humanity is a favoirite and practitioner of zero budget natural farming. A good response to the farmer inimical farming practices! He prefers organic farming to chemical farming. He is a strict opponent of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. He  advocates for using organic matures like  vermi-compost (earthworm manure). His passion for organic farming is immense. He is also a producer of pesticides-free organic paddy and vegetables on his own farm near Kochi. He once said,  "If cinema is my first passion, farming is second or equally important area of interest. I am not a director who do many movies at a stretch. So, after every film, I take a break and go to my house at Anthikkad in Thrissur district. A walk through the sprawling fields itself is enough to fill a new energy and positivity in my mind."

My Tree Challenge:

Fortunately the thought of "My Tree Challenge" came to limelight after "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" gained popularity. Mammootty is not only against Ice Bucket Challenge but also a strong supporter of "My Tree Challenge." It is a new eco-revolutionary movement started by environmental enthusiasts like Abdul Manaf, Imthias Kadeer and Fahadh Faasil. Mammootty's direct involvement has made "My Tree Challenge" verily popular among many other celebrities and fans. It is said that he later nominated Bollywood actors Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan, Kannada actor Sudeep and Telugu actor Mahesh Babu to accept the Challenge and make the Mother Nature a greener and better place to live. Besides these actors, Suriya and a Tamil actor Vijay also took up the challenge.

"Mammutree"

The Malayalam superstar Mammootty also does campaigns to spread the message of environmental hygiene in Kerala. In order to spread the message of protecting the environment all over, the evergreen hero changed his profile picture and cover photo on Facebook to a poster created by Sabareesh Ravi – ‘Mammutree’ On  World Environment Day 5 June 2016. The art is set against a green background with the actor’s face portrayed in the form of a tree. Mammootty’s trademark moustache has been transformed into the root of the tree, the bridge of his nose goes onto form the trunk which branches out to leaves, that make up the star’s hair!

Awards:

Mr Mammooty was chosen for the Virgin Earth Golden Feather Environment Awards 2011 and Green Golden Feather Environment Puraskar for his work in the field of environmental protection.

A Ray of Hope:

We hope the fire from coal and petroleum products ignited by some selfish people might be slowly subsided due to the exemplary deeds of heroes like Mammootty soon. And this shines a ray of hope among animals and humanity for regaining the pristine environment gifted by nature thar previously was otherwise abound in clean air, water and food. Or else the world will have to suffocate and die off poisonous elements which have been suffusing into the every nerve of the biosphere - the rarest thing in the universe.


Thursday, 20 October 2016

MS Dhoni for Environment

Captain Cool to cool down global warming and hook shot the climate change!

A Power of Inspiration and Motivation:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is undoubtedly one of the most followed cricketers in the world. Naturally he has a huge fan base and can impress and attract an enormous attention towards any sensitive topic in a jiffy. In the name of business, growth and development a considerable part of the forests have been destroyed and billions of innocent animals in the wild have been killed. At this juncture Dhoni's involvement in environmental activities is an impetus both to environmental activists and lovers of the nature.

Ambassador to Jharkhand Government:

Dhoni is not only the face of Jharkhand Government's pulse polio and literacy programmes but also the forestry and other environment campaigns.

"Save the Tiger" Campaign:

Dhoni who has been at the forefront of the 'Save the Tiger' campaign became the brand ambassador for Jharkhand's endangered species too.

Adopted a Tiger:

In 2011 MS Dhoni adopted a tiger in the Mysore zoo.  He donated money to take care of the expenses of the nine-year-old tiger named Agasthya. Agasthya is a zoo-bred tiger and was reportedly moved to a special enclosure. In a message, Dhoni said:  "Tiger, our national animal, needs protection. I'm adopting Agasthya to endorse and encourage our people to love animals and to stand for the cause of animal rights and conservation. Live and let live."

Adopted a Rescue Dog:

An innumerable dogs and cats are struggling to survive on the street due to lack of sufficient food and shelters. As a gesture of compassion in 2013 Mahendra Singh Dhoni adopted a rescued dog from a slum in the drains of the Shyamli colony by an animal shelter - Hope and Animal Trust Ranchi . Singh joined  a long list of compassionate celebrities. It had  finally found warmth and love in the laps of a well-known animal-loving couple - Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sakshi. Dhoni called the adopted pup "Leah" in English and "Liya" in Hindi.

World Environment Day Participant:

On the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June 2015, India’s current and former cricketers came together to celebrate the Green Day to raise awareness towards protecting nature and the planet. MS Dhoni was one of the participants along with Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane and planted saplings to make people aware of the importance of the Mother Nature.

Planting a Tree on Birthday:

On July 7, 2016 by planting a tree at his farm house ‘Kailashpati’ he had certainly won billions of hearts by this gesture. He tweeted it as the best way to celebrate his birthday by planting the first and very special tree at the farm house.

Mr Dhoni's deeds are definitely hope to become an inspiration to a number of his fans to become compassionate towards animals and a motivation to become the true activists to serve the Mother Nature in getting  a new life out of the hands of both active and passive destroyers! It's common for him to face the challenges of bearing the triple responsibility of being a specialist batsman, wicket keeper and captain in his career. In future we hope he would be active by taking the triple responsibility of animal rescues, tree planting and overall environmental protection!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Prabhas for Environment

The Young Rebel Star Prabhas (Venkata Satyanarayana Prabhas Raju Uppalapati), the Bahubali hero and his team went on a tree planting drive in July, 2016. He took the Telengana government’s ambitious Haritha Haram initiative to plant hunreds of tree saplings at Ramoji film city in Hyderabad, along with his Bahubali team. Despite his busy filming schedule he took out some time to take part in the Green initiative. The other top participants were SS Rajamouli and  Rana Daggubati.

The main ageanda of Haritha Haram is to plant 230 cores plants in telangana. Haritha Haram is meant for giving a new life to degraded forests, effective protection of forests against encroachment, fire, over-grazing and smuggling. Social Forestry will also be done in the areas outside the notified forest. Massive planting will be done in areas like road-side avenues, river and canal banks, barren hills, tank bunds and fore-shore areas, institutional premises, religious places, housing colonies, community lands, municipalities, industrial parks, etc.

National Forest Policy of India envisages a minimum of 33% of the total geographical area under forest / tree cover to maintain environmental stability and ecological balance; that are vital for sustenance of all life-forms, human, animal and  plants.

Kudos to Prabhas for taking part in such a noble activity that is hoped to instill the value of nature and environmental protection in the young minds of his fans, not only in India but also abroad. A great inspiration and motivation for young generation to follow!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Amitabh Bachchan for Environment

Shahenshah of Bollywood, Star of the Millennium, Big B and Bollywood Superstar - Mr. Amitabh Bachchan is not only the India’s most iconic actor and the most loved, admired and respected celebrity but also a famous figure to inspire, motivate and promote the various social causes meant not only for human beings but also for the animals. Besides that he has been featured in a myriad of advertising and awareness  campaigns. "With success comes not only money, but also a responsibility towards animal and human societies," How great some great people think and act! It's nice to see that Big B as an evergreen celebrity doing big for the environment where animals and human beings can coexist peacefully and safely from the clutches of selfish greedy people. Some of the contributions of Mr. Bachchan have been given hereunder.

UNICEF Ambassador:

(i) Amitabh Bachchan was made UNICEF goodwill ambassador for Polio Eradication Campaign in India in 2002, when 1,556 polio cases were detected that year.

(ii) In 2005 he supported UNICEF’s effort to create awareness about sexual violence against children and the threat of AIDS against them through the Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign.

(iii) He has become the face of polio mass media campaigns, persuading ignorant parents to ensure “Do boond zindagi ki.” He has taken part in a number of  field visits even to the remotest aread to remote areas to spread the message of polio eradication. He used to mention  the issue in his personal blog too. Ultimately India has become a polio-free nation. On 27 March 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared India a polio free nation with a no new case of the disease on the basis of the reports for the previous three years.
(iv) In 2014 Mr Bachchan was appointed the UN Ambassador for Girl Child.

Earth Hour Campaign:

In 2012 Amitabh Bachchan took to twitter to urge fans, friends and others to lend their support to 'Earth Hour' and  put off the power and electricity from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM on 31st March 2012 as a symbolic campaign to save the Earth.

Elephants' Rescuer:

(i) He appealed to animal lovers through his tweets to rescue a 54 year old hurted and suffering female Asian elephant — “Bijlee”— who is fighting for her life in critical condition on the side of a road near Wockhardt Hospital in Mulund of Mumbai suburb in 2013.

(ii) Amitabh  supported PETA India's campaign to free, Sunder, a 14-year-old elephant who was chained and tortured in a temple in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Later the elephant was freed and rehabilitated in Bannerghatta National Park in Bangalore.

Goodbye to Pepsi Ads:

Mr Bachchan served as Pepsi’s brand ambassador from 2002 to 2005. But later he decided to end his affiliation with Pepsi when a school girl at a public function in Jaipur asked why he was promoting a drink that her teacher had told her was “poisonous and contains these negative products”.

TeachAIDS software:

In 2014 he had recorded his voice and lent his image to the Hindi and English language versions of the TeachAIDS software, an international HIV/AIDS prevention education tool developed at Stanford University.

TB free India Campaign:

Amitabh Bachchan participated in a 'TB-Free India’ campaign  along with Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman, Sir Ratan Tata Trusts. The goal is to engage the corporate sector to further strengthen the Government of India’s Call to Action for a TB-Free India, launched nationwide on April 23, 2015.

Global Cool Campaign:

Amitabh Bachchan Concerned about the country’s vulnerability to climate change. He helped launch a partnership between Global Cool and the International Indian Film Academy to build awareness about the climate change. Global Cool promotes green behaviours such as using public transport and taking flight-free holidays.

Save Our Tigers' campaign:

Amitabh was the face of 'Save Our Tigers' campaign that promoted the importance of tiger. The message being broadcast from TV advertisements, Facebook and YouTube. It is the India's biggest ever campaign to conserve the dwindling numbers of its national animal. It has been spearheaded by the environmental group WWF India and Indian telecom giant Aircel.

Face and Voice of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan:

(i) Big B with a broom in hand took part in a cleanliness drive to collect garbage at Mumbai's J J Hospital premises to spread the message of clean India.

(ii) Amitabh Bachchan has become a face of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to feature in promotional films on national cleanliness mission and also to promote the sale of city compost for fertilizers to help reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

(iii) Audio-visual campaign for Swachh Bharat (Gramin) Mission: In September 2016 Amitabh Bachchan along with Sachin Tendulkar played a vital role in the success of the Swachh Bharat (Gramin) Mission by extending support for the advertisements with a whole-hearted commitment. Despite the busy schedules, they took time out not only to conceive and shoot the advertisements, but also had their appearances at different Swachh Bharat events to inspire and motivate Swacch Bharat activists and personnel.

Some quotes and tweets from Mr Amitabh Bachchan:

“When UNICEF asked me to become a polio ambassador I readily agreed to do that because they described to me the suffering that these young children were going through. I realized that I needed to do what I could to help these children. The journey has not been easy, it's been long and stressful, but I am glad that we have made it to the end and have been able to eradicate polio from its roots from India.”

“It is wonderful to know that India for the first time has been polio-free for more than three years now. I feel honoured that I am a part of this great effort along with UNICEF, the Government of India and other partners in this journey”.

“[he does] believe in this unfortunate incident, and believe that if something can be done for this beleaguered elephant lying on the road in great misery, she will survive and flourish. So let us do our best that we can, for those that suffer, that speak of their misery in a language that we cannot understand, but who we know would understand any help that can be extended to them.”

"I immediately agreed because I feel it is first of all a national cause. It is a cause of nature, it is a cause of environment and if my face and my voice can be used to impress upon people that this is something essential and important."

"It is not just for the environment but for the entire nation then I shall be most willing to join it."

"If I can be a voice that is going to be speaking about these issues, if I can be a face that perhaps a few people will listen to and hear and if I can convince even one individual to follow this path, this very righteous path."

"I think that somewhere I will feel convinced that I have done something worthwhile. And I feel that this campaign will also take one very smallstep forward but atleast a step forward."

"Just 1,411 tigers left in India. You can make a difference."

"When you say to drink Pepsi, I feel you are doing something wrong.”

“I just felt if this is an impression that we create in the mind of a possible buyer, I must not be doing it. And I stopped endorsing Pepsi.”

“Attention! elephant‘Bijlee’ lying collapsed in Mulund, suburb of Mumbai…she needs cure…will authorities please extend all help.”

"So, if I am standing here today, you are looking at a person who is surviving with 25 per cent of liver. That is the bad part. But the good part is you can survive even with 12 per cent. So anyone can survive by taking medicines and regular tests."

Monday, 17 October 2016

Sachin Tendulkar for Environment

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is not only the eminent Indian cricketer  and the greatest batsman of all time but also one of the most eminent personalities in creating awareness about environment. In addition to making campaigns his direct involvement in environmental activities is highly laudable. Definitely such a great figure will leave a lasting impression on us to move ourselves towards protecting our Mother Nature for the future generations. His quotes about environment will inspire and motivate us a lot to see the nature with a different perspective rather a mere namesake campaign or a bundle of slogans.  Here is a glimpse of some of his deeds and quotes.

UNICEF Campaign on Personal Hygiene: 

Mr.Tendulkar has been a strong supporter of the work of the UN. He supports the UNICEF campaign to raise awareness about the importance of personal hygiene.

UNEP Goodwill Ambassador:

(i) In 2010 he was appointed as a UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Goodwill Ambassador.

(ii) Along with Mr. Tendulkar, team captains from the Deccan Chargers to the Kolkata Knight Riders signed a giant globe made out of recycled materials. Every day of the 45-day tournament featured ‘green’ tips, on how to limit greenhouse gas emissions and care for the environment, which were shown on giant screens in stadiums and read out by commentators.

(iii) The new UNEP-IPL partnership also looks into ways to minimize the League’s carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly, including waste management, energy efficiency, carpooling and recycling.

2012 Earth Hour Challenge:

(i) He participated in the 2012 Earth Hour Challenge. 

(ii) As the face of WWF-India’s 2012 Earth Hour campaign, he encouraged individuals, organizations, institutions and groups to be a part of the largest global environmental movement in history by switching their lights off for Earth Hour. This is also a campaign to highlight the bad effects of light pollution! 

(iii) The big switch off was observed on 31st March 2012.

Bat for the Planet’ campaign:

(i) In 2013 Toshiba  got cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to launch it’s ‘Bat for the Planet’ campaign.

(ii) Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar advises his fans not to waste natural resources and double up efforts to save the environment.

Countrywide sapling plantation drive on the occasion of 'World Environment Day 2015':

(i) The Environment Ministry invited eminent sportspersons including star cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar to participate in a countrywide sapling plantation drive on the occasion of 'World Environment Day' on June 5, 2015. 

(ii) On the evening of June 5, cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, along with Javadekar and Maharashtra Minister for Primary, Higher and Technical and Medical Education and Culture Vinod Tawde planted saplings in Mumbai at Joggers Park on Carter Road. 

(iii) PM Modi, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli planted trees as India celebrated World Environment Day.

Ambassador of "Save Tiger" campaign:

The Maharashtra Government roped in Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar along with the superstar Amitabh Bachchan as ambassadors to promote the Save Tiger campaign in July 2015.

Swacch Bharat Campaign:

(i) Sachin Tendulkar joins ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign in response to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a ‘Swachh Bharat."

(ii) The batting legend Sachin Tendulkar took the broomsticks, spade and mattock to collect garbage, litter strewn along the way in a filthy locality in his home town.

(iii) He physically involved himself in cleaning the footpath on the road opposite the Bandra Reclamation Bus Depot which was not being used by pedestrians as it had been dumped with litter and garbage and covered with wild growth. Instead the footpath was being misused as a place to answer nature’s call.

(iv) Audio-visual campaign for Swachh Bharat (Gramin) Mission: In September 2016 Sachin Tendulkar along with Amitabh Bachchan played a vital role in the success of the Swachh Bharat (Gramin) Mission by extending support for the advertisements with a whole-hearted commitment. Despite the busy schedules, they took time out not only to conceive and shoot the advertisements, but also had their appearances at different Swachh Bharat events to inspire and motivate Swacch Bharat activists and personnel.

Sachin Tendulkar's Valuable Quotes about Environment:

1) “Being part of the effort to save the planet is an immense undertaking but it is a challenge I am ready to undertake. Working with UNEP and cricket fans across the globe, I am in good company.”

2) “I have played and enjoyed my cricket across the planet. Now it’s also time to do something for the planet, which is our only home.”

3) "Earth is our home and together we must conserve our precious wildlife, forests and oceans. I am proud to pledge that I will play my part in caring for our natural heritage.”

4) "We should save our natural resources by taking small steps on our behalf because the change cannot happen overnight. As we keep ourselves healthy, we should keep our earth healthy. In the dressing room after a good performance on the field, we are asked to double up the good performance likewise we should double up our efforts to save environment.”

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Shahrukh Khan for Environment


The Badshah of Environment & Wildlife Conservation Campaigns!

Shahrukh Khan is not only the un-disputed badshah of Indian cinema and one of the most successful film stars in the world but also a well-known environmentalist and philanthropist. Have a glimpse of his humanistic activities below.

As Sunfeast Hara Banao Campaigner: 

As a supporter of environmental campaigns he participated in Sunfeast Hara Banao Campaign in Bhubhaneswar held by ITC Foods in the year 2006. In addition to aiming at educating children about the environmental problems it is meant for motivating them to contribute for “saving the environment”. About 3,00,000 students from more than 400 schools spread across five cities in the country registered for that campaign. Besides that it organised a signature drive - "Sow a Seed Today" Campaign. It also hosted the Sunfeast Hara Banao Week which consisted of a series of Environment Fairs across five cities. The Environment Fair was formally kickstarted with the planting of a sapling and a march in each city.

As a Wildlife Conservationist: 

SRK turned a wildlife conservationist too in 2007. Shahrukh Khan did his bit conveying the nation about the hardships and toetures faced by the forest guard in protecting country's wildlife. Shahrukh Khan was roped in by an NGO, Sanskara Trust and Asian Conservation Awareness Programme (ACAP) to do campaigns against poaching and killing of wildlife in Indian forests.

As a Greenathon Supporter: 

As we know Shahrukh Khan is one of the supporters of the Greenathon,  an NDTV-Toyota green campaign to save the environment. It was started in April 2008 as Greenathon-1. The primary goal of the campaign is to create awareness among the people of India to rejuvenate and sustain the greenery of the Mother Nature. Vikram Chandra (the CEO of NDTV group), Priyanka Chopra (the campaign ambassador) and Cyrus Broacha have been anchoring for the show, which is an all-day-long program on NDTV channels. The Greenathon helps villages with cleaning up water bodies, rivers and recycling plastic bags. SRK adopted 12 villages to work for the welfare of the villagers and to raise awareness about the environment.

As a Visionary of Gandhi: 

Once the father of the nation said, "The true India is to be found not in its few cities, but in its seven hundred thousand villages. If the villages perish, India will perish too."
(Also read at http://caravan.squat.net/ICC-en/Krrs-en/ghandi-econ-en.htm )

As a Philanthropist:

Mr Khan was a brand ambassador for Pulse Polio Programme and National AIDS Control Organisation. In 2011 he was appointed by UNOPS as the first global ambassador of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. He has recorded a series of public service announcements championing good health and proper nutrition, and joined India's Health Ministry and UNICEF in a nationwide child immunisation campaign. In 2011, he received UNESCO's Pyramide con Marni award for his charitable commitment to provide education for children, becoming the first Indian to win the accolade.