Bhumi Pednekar on World Environment Day: I believe that is our responsibility to leave behind a cleaner planet for our future generations
Actress Bhumi Pednekar is definitely the most thoughtful celebrity in the industry today. She successfully runs her own social media advocacy platform Climate Warrior that aims to educate people about climate change and during the second wave of the COVID-19 crisis in India, she also launched an initiative COVID Warrior that has saved many lives across India.
When asked how her initial upbringing shaped the advocate that she has become for the earth, Bhumi said, “I feel that every part of me even the person I am today is a complete sum of all my life experiences, and most of them come from what I have seen at my home. When I was in my school I remember our country was hit by a natural calamity and our parents would send us for drives to collect donations so that we could give back to the society in which people were affected. So, I have seen this from a very young age. Both my parents are extremely compassionate towards people around them. So, I think this is something that came naturally to me from them and I feel that’s so important. I am thankful to my parents for opening up this world to me.”
But It is not always easy to speak our mind in a divided world such as this. So what makes Bhumi lead from the front on important social issues such as climate change, she said, “I think climate change is something that is very personal to me. Since my childhood, I had a very curious mind. When I was 8 or 9 years old I would think what would happen if our water level rises or what would happen if one day our planet becomes too hot? Because in school you are taught these things and these are the things that stayed back with me. While growing up we were told to not waste electricity and there were times we were called back because maybe the geyser was on. My parents made sure we didn’t waste food and we don’t use a lot of plastic. So, there was always a responsible consumption habit that was inculcated in us. Even though Climate Warrior came into existence 2 years ago I still have always been working towards the cause, I have still been advocating for it.”
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Speaking about the climate crisis the world is facing now Bhumi shared, “In the last two years, we have seen forest fires, we have seen cyclones. Cyclones in areas that had never seen one before this, we have seen drought, we have seen floods and now we have seen this pandemic and this is only the beginning. I feel that it is important for people to understand that, and it really pains me to see how irresponsibly people treat medical trash for example and I’d really hoped that in the last one year people would have understood that you cannot mess with nature. But unfortunately, I still see people littering, using plastic irresponsibly or just things like there are going to be more masks and medical waste in our oceans than marine life. These things hurt me and bother me because honestly, this is not just for our generation as much as it is also for the future generations to come. I really believe that is our responsibility to leave behind a cleaner planet for our future generations as we got it from our ancestors. I feel as humans we should just change our consumption habits the most important practice to be followed by all.”
Recently, she collaborated with comedian-actor Kapil Sharma to aid COVID-19 patients in Karnataka. On the work front, the actress was last seen in ‘Durgamati’ which was released in December last year. She will next feature in Badhaai Do co-starring Rajkummar Rao.
Helmed by Harshavardhan Kulkarni, the film is a spiritual sequel to the 2018 film Badhaai Ho. The shooting of the film was wrapped up on 6 March 2021.