Dia Mirza is one responsible citizen which we all should aspire to be. The Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein actress has become the UN Goodwill brand ambassador of India and is extremely proud of it. She calls it an opportunity for her to create awareness on the current increase in air and water pollution which we have created.
“I think an opportunity to work with The United Nation is wonderful recognition of work that I have already done in India, because I know they identify individuals who are passionate about their job. This acknowledgement has widened my reach and has given me an opportunity to make a bigger impact.”
Dia continues, “In India there is a lot of work to be done. There are many spheres of environmental pollution that needs to be addressed where adversity can be changed and completely reversed through positive human action and policy. Clean air is a very big part of our campaign, another one is clean seas and third is wild life protection, these are the three main aspects that we will be working on this year.”
The Dutt biopic actress spoke about the environmental issues that is slowly killing us,
“Air pollution is a very big issue; it’s a very big cause of death globally. It’s contributing to a significant rise in fertility and children’s health. The unfortunate reality is that out of 20, 10 cities in India are the most polluted and that is not just a number, it’s a reality which has to be combated with sustainable changes and they can be brought through awareness.”
After addressing the issues, she even shared preventive measures which we all must imply instantly, “It’s important for Indians to recognise the fact that our health and well-being is connected to environment and when we harm our environment, we actually harm ourselves. There are basic measures that we can imply as the citizens to reduce environmental issues, some of them are stopping the use of plastic, a lot of waste is burnt, so stopping the burning of waste, that is a big contributor to air pollution, there are many people who are in the construction industry who need to start respecting environmental guidelines and understand by not following the laws they are affecting the health and wealth of the society and harming people.”
The actress continued, “People also need to reduce private ownership. There are families who own 5 to 7 cars which is just crazy. I am not saying don’t use private vehicles, I have to use it because I can’t use public transport, but I can adopt better practices. Like we can see if we are not using polluted vehicles, the other thing we can try and enforce our civic bodies to ensure the burning of waste and garbage, a lot of open waste and garbage set a flame and nothing is done about it, that has to be changed and addressed.”
“The other every day measure that people don’t really co-relate to, is waste management at home, segregation of dry and wet waste, if we start doing that we will actually be improving the quality of our air and water.”
“The other things that we can do is actually sit back and recognise what are the things we bring into our daily utility items that can be replaced with sustainable items. Starting with the tooth brush that we use in the morning. So can replace the plastic tooth brush to bamboo tooth brush, yes we can. Can you replace the plastic shopping bag to cloth bag. I think it’s just about bringing that consciousness and awareness and start practicing it in our daily life.
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Dia also shares how she does workshops with children’s on keeping our air clean, “ When I do workshops with children’s, I always tell them if we can ask ourselves one question everyday with regard to everything that we bring into our homes, be it clothes that we wear, the items that we use in our homes, think about where it’s coming from and where it’s going to go. If we can just start thinking that much, we can bring such a big change in our lives.”
Dia also said that sanitary napkins which we use is also harming the environment and she gave us the substitute as well.
“I just recently started using sanitary napkins which are 100 percent disposable and are made by a girl in India. The company is called Pure Organics. I am not the brand ambassador but still I talk about it all the time because I feel these people need to be celebrated. She is just one young individual in our country who said personal feminine hygiene is environmentally dangerous. We are degrading our environment through our sanitary napkins. We need to have an alternative and she introduced it. It’s 450 rupees for 10 sanitary napkins. It could have been cheaper if GST was not as high on sanitary napkins.”
Dia who was once a full-fledged actress says she doesn’t miss acting at all and enjoy everything in life,
“I don’t miss acting at all. I made a very conscious choice 4 years ago that I would only do the work that will truly motivate me, inspire me and make me happy, so I am working on a Dutt biopic as an actor, I am really enjoying my time with the entire crew and I am continuing producing as well and doing what makes me happy”, concludes Dia.