It has been a long journey for humankind – from discovering the hidden gifts and bounties of nature, to exploiting them with abandon for our own benefit to building a dialogue around the need to slow down, preserve our natural resources and conserve for a better future.
The narrative around nature conservation has slowly spilled over to all segments of life over the years, after being a small mission championed by only a handful of eco-warriors. It is worth taking note of these efforts on World Nature Conservation Day, observed each year on June 28, in a bid to raise awareness around sustainable practices and measures to that end.
Perhaps, there has been no better time than now – locked up within our homes and stripped off our daily dose of green and sunlight – to take stock of our actions and lifestyles, reassess and make a conscious effort to conserve nature, given that the Coronavirus health pandemic has made it amply clear that we are ultimately at the behest of mother nature. It is important to remind here, that the cataclysmic manner in which the COVID-19 virus has spread, bringing the world to a screeching halt for months on end, with no sign of slowing down, had a lot to do with our irresponsible farming and livestock culture practices, encroachment on natural habitats, like forests and rapid urbanisation. All of which has, in a manner, made our exposure to a large variety of viruses and bacteria imminent – something epidemiologists and researchers had warned us about months before the pandemic broke out in December 2019.
The good news is that conservation – which has been at the heart of World Nature Conservation Day – has garnered newfound currency among citizens of the earth, be it chefs and restaurateurs across the world, pushing for sustainable eating practices, fashion designers trying to build a supportive and sustainable industry or celebs lending their voice to this ever-important cause.
One of the prime motives of commemorating June 28 as World Nature Conservation Day has been to raise awareness about the need to conserve nature, while simultaneously encouraging sustainable practices, ranging from lifestyle changes to volunteering for activities that help protect our natural resources to slow down the ill impacts of over-population, ozone layer depletion and global warming. This includes a more conscientious approach towards water usage, avoiding food wastage and saving energy, with the aim of building a better tomorrow.
You can do your bit, too and if you are wondering where to start, take a cue from these celebs who are lending their support to the movement and have taken to social media on World Nature Conservation Day to raise awareness and garner support for the cause of nature conservation.
Dia Mirza has made environmentalism an important aspect of her life. She is the ambassador for Wildlife Trust of India and Save the Children and also the United Nations (UN) Environment’s Goodwill Ambassador for India, since 2017. “Environmentalism has been a very important part of my foundation,” Mirza told LF about her commitment to nature conservation. On World Nature Conservation Day, Mirza encouraged her followers to continue planting a better future.
“A healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and productive society. Our lives, what we breathe, where we live, what we eat and our species’ and other species existence is directly related to Mother Nature,” actor and producer, Anushka Sharma – whose critically acclaimed film, Bulbbul has been raking up the charts since it dropped on Netflix in June – wrote on her social media. Sharma inspirited her followers to remember to do their bit, encouraging them to participate, protect, conserve and sustainably manage natural resources.
We couldn’t agree more with Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar who feels the best way to contribute to the larger mission of nature conservation is to make small-but-significant alternations to our daily lifestyles. On World Nature Conservation Day, Pednekar wrote, “It’s time we make the switch to just about becoming environmentally conscious by changing our daily habits.”
On World Nature Conservation Day, actor Randeep Hooda shared a poignant quote by Jacques-Yves Cousteau – “For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” This was accompanied by a video of Hooda and Mumbai-based eco warrior, Afroz Shah, who is behind massive beach clean-ups in the city, lending a hand to clean up a local Mumbai police station. We are touched!
“As we can see, this year she took charge to rejuvenate herself. Let us all do our bit and practice to keep our surroundings and environment clean and nurture the Mother in the best possible ways,” wrote Aanchal Munjal, Indian film and TV actress who has featured in both Hindi and Tamil films. Munjal took to Instagram to remind her followers that while we get a lot from Mother nature, she asks for very little in turn. That’s right!
Image: Ian Turnell from Pexels and embeds from Dia Mirza, Anushka Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar, Randeep Hooda and Aanchal Munjal's Instagram handles.