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.”

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