Bhumi Pednekar On World Environment Day: Your Voice Is Your Biggest Tool

Bhumi Pednekar On World Environment Day: Your Voice Is Your Biggest Tool


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Bollywood
star
Bhumi
Pednekar
is
definitely
the
most
woke
celebrity
in
Bollywood
today.
She
successfully
runs
her
social
media
advocacy
platform
Climate
Warrior
that
aims
to
educate
people
about
climate
change
and
during
the
second
wave
of
COVID-19
crisis
in
India,
she
also
launched
an
initiative
COVID
Warrior
that
has
saved
many
lives
across
India.
Bhumi
is
an
ardent
climate
advocate
who
has
made
it
her
life’s
mission
to
save
the
planet
through
awareness
missions
amongst
the
people
of
India.

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Q.
You
take
the
threat
of
climate
change
very
seriously.
How
has
your
upbringing
shaped
the
advocate
that
you
have
become
for
our
planet?


A.

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
home.
I
remember
when
we
were
children
and
I
was
in
school
and
our
country
was
hit
by
a
natural
calamity
our
parents
would
send
us
for
drives
to
collect
donations
so
that
we
could
give
back
to
the
people
affected.
So,
I
have
seen
this
from
a
very
young
age.
I
have
seen
my
father
always
go
out
and
help
his
community
and
I
have
seen
my
mother
show
extreme
compassion
towards
people
around
her.
So,
I
think
this
is
something
that
came
naturally
to
me
from
them
and
I
feel
that’s
so
important.
I
feel
that
everything
we
see
in
our
childhood
is
what
we
practice
in
our
adult
life
and
I
am
thankful
to
my
parents
for
opening
up
this
world
to
me.

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Q.
Influential
artists
like
you
have
the
power
to
bring
about
positive
changes.
Is
that
why
you
are
so
vocal
about
this
glaring
issue?


A.

Absolutely.
I
feel
like
especially
when
you
are
in
a
place
of
power
and
when
you
are
in
a
place
of
influence,
it
is
your
duty
to
give
back.
It
is
not
fair
to
be
selfish
and
keep
all
that
you
have
gained.
Especially
for
me,
I
feel
like
artists
and
as
actors,
the
place
where
I
am
today
is
because
of
so
many
people
that
have
supported
my
art
and
that
have
loved
my
work
and
there
is
no
way
that
I
can
ignore
them.
I
feel
that
it
is
my
responsibility
to
give
back
and
I
try
doing
that
through
various
ways
in
my
personal
life
and
also
through
the
films
that
I
do
because
I
feel
like
my
work
and
my
art
needs
to
reflect
what
I
believe
in.
That
does
not
mean
specifically
me
or
the
characters
I
portrat
but
at
the
end
of
it,
the
narrative
of
the
story
needs
to
bring
about
a
certain
amount
of
positive
change
in
the
way
my
audience
looks
at
things.


Q.
It
is
not
always
easy
to
speak
your
mind
in
a
divided
world
such
as
this.
What
makes
you
want
to
lead
from
the
front
on
important
social
issues
such
as
climate
change?


A.

I
think
climate
change
is
something
that
is
very
personal
to
me.
I
have
always
been
somebody
who
had
questions.
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
house
was
not
a
house
where
overconsumption
happened,
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.
I
think
that
is
why
I
have
always
been
aware
of
the
fact
that
we
have
this
phenomenon
that
is
climate
change
that
has
been
happening
for
many
years
but
since
the
last
few
generations
because
of
our
bad
habits
it
has
been
accelerated
to
levels
where
the
balance
of
biodiversity
which
was
maintained
by
nature
is
now
completely
lob
sided
and
that
is
something
that
really
bothered
me
and
that’s
why
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.


Q.
We
are
in
a
climate
crisis
today.
What
do
you
have
to
say
about
this?


A.

I
feel
that
today
we
are
actually
at
the
tip
and
if
we
don’t
start
bringing
about
huge
levels
of
change
then
things
are
about
to
get
very
bad
and
the
last
year
has
been
a
good
learning.
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
because
if
you
do
then
she
is
going
to
give
it
back
to
you
and
it
really
doesn’t
matter
then
if
you
are
rich
or
poor
cause
money
cannot
buy
you
out
of
those
bad
effects
of
climate
change
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
would
never
want
my
children
to
be
brought
up
in
a
world
that
is
full
of
pollution
and
does
not
have
clean
and
healthy
sources
of
water
and
food
you
know
everything
is
so
scarce
it’s
just
not
okay.
I
want
my
children
to
be
brought
up
in
the
kind
of
world
where
I
grew
up,
where
everything
was
abundant.
I
don’t
want
to
go
into
a
forest
and
see
fauna
it
is
not
a
luxury,
that
was
not
how
it
has
to
be.
The
way
deforestation
is
happening,
the
way
we
are
fishing
and
hunting
I
feel
as
humans
we
should
just
change
our
consumption
habits.

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Q.
You
are
the
most
woke
celebrity
in
Bollywood.
What
does
being
woke
mean
to
you
personally?


A.

I
think
being
woke
is
about
putting
your
opinion
and
standing
by
it
for
the
betterment
of
the
society.
I
feel
its
a
double-edged
sword
because
at
times
being
woke
can
also
have
a
lot
of
backlash.
More
often
than
not
I
feel
like
you
need
to
have
a
certain
amount
of
confidence
to
step
out
and
put
the
thoughts
you
believe
in
out
there
but
it
needs
to
come
from
a
place
of
responsibility
and
from
a
place
of
knowledge.
I
think
that’s
very
important
especially
when
you
are
a
person
who
is
in
a
place
of
influence
and
there
are
many
that
follow
you,
your
voice
is
your
biggest
tool
and
you
can’t
use
it
loosely.
As
we
say
that
with
great
power
comes
great
responsibility,
and
especially
for
influencers
this
statement
is
like
the
truest.


Q:
What
are
your
goals
as
a
climate
warrior
this
year?
What
will
make
you
happy
as
a
climate
warrior
10
years
from
now?


A.

My
goal
as
a
climate
warrior
this
year
is
genuinely
to
see
people
take
action
on
planet
conscious
behaviour.
I
think
for
me
all
of
2021
is
only
going
to
be
about
hammering
better
habits,
about
hammering
and
making
sure
that
people
actually
do
something
about
everything
that
we
have
been
speaking
about
right
from
less
consumption
of
single
use
plastics
to
making
sure
that
individually
we
all
reduce
our
carbon
footprint.
I
really
hope
that
our
world
opens
up
to
a
certain
extent
so
that
we
can
do
a
certain
amount
of
groundwork
as
well.
But
what
will
honestly
make
me
happy
is
that
10
years
from
today
everything
that
we
and
the
entire
community
have
been
fighting
for,
to
at
least
see
some
amount
of
change.
We
do
see
that
there
is
a
lot
more
replantation
than
deforestation.
I
really
hope
that
the
amount
of
compassion
that
we
show
to
different
species
is
a
lot
more
and
10
years
from
today
I
want
to
look
back
and
be
like
“Oh
Wow!
We
are
happily
coexisting
with
all
those
millions
of
species
that
rightfully
share
this
planet
with
us.”
I
really
hope
there’s
a
beautiful
balance
between
development
and
conserving
our
nature.
I
really
hope
that
we
live
in
a
world
that
doesn’t
abuse
all
the
natural
resources
that
our
beautiful
planet
gives
us.
We
live
in
a
world
that
gives
us
so
much
and
individually
everybody
has
enough
compassion
and
care
to
understand
that
the
four
walls
we
live
in
the
isn’t
our
real
home,
this
planet
is
our
real
home
and
there’s
no
planet
B
and
we
have
to
conserve
it
for
it
to
be
beautiful
and
abundant
again.



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