Actress Bhumi Pednekar, known for being a climate activist, is concerned about the status of the earth and how humans treat the environment. The actress expressed her deep belief that our age must be the generation that regenerates and recovers our world on World Nature Conservation Day (July 28).
During an interaction with Hindustan Times, she said, “With all the focus on Covid-19 and restarting the world, we have to realise that climate change is happening as we speak. Yes, the entire attention has gone to the coronavirus pandemic as it should have but I’m hoping that the pressing issue of climate change hasn’t taken a backseat with governments.”
She further stated, “The pandemic has given us time to recalibrate, reset ourselves and our outlook towards the environment. We must pay heed to what is happening around us at all times. Even though mother nature got some time to heal, the looming danger has not yet been averted. We are still seeing forest wildfires, flash floods, polar caps melting happening around us. We have accelerated it to levels of heavy repercussions and there seems no stopping. Flash floods, drought, forest fires, disease outbreaks, mass extinction – we have seen it all. Our basic behaviour needs to change towards this global crisis”.
She concluded her statement, “We were taught about planet conservation and the impact it would have in the future. But for us, the future felt like some 400 years later. But that’s not the truth, it’s now. Effective and sustainable resources definitely will be the game changer for us. I, as a conscious Indian citizen, have tried to use social media as a tool to reach out to as many people as I can and find new ways to reach out to the youth to spread awareness about climate conservation. We all will need to be climate warriors and constantly do what we can.”
Bhumi added that with her Environmental Warrior programme, she has met and encountered “genius brains” who are working relentlessly to make a difference on a personal level.