Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

Updated: 05 June, 2019 12:45 IST | Sunny Rodricks
  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    Actor, producer, and environmentalist are few of the facets of actress Dia Mirza who is the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Environment in India. Wildlife Trust Of India, Save The Children, Swachh Bharat Mission, Project Tiger are few of the projects where she has been at the forefront of campaigning for the conservation of nature and wildlife at large. She is committed to protect, secure and strengthen the rich treasures that nature provides us all. Her social work was first appreciated when she got the 2012 IIFA Green Award for her contribution towards a green environment. What's more? Dia also has a baby rhino, which was born at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, named after her. Pic/AFP

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    Dr. Rajendra Singh, also famously known as the waterman of India, is a renowned water conservationist and environmentalist from Alwar district, Rajasthan in India. He won the Stockholm Water Prize the Nobel Prize for water in 2015 for bringing water back to 1,000 villages and reviving five rivers in the villages of Rajasthan. Pic/AFP

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    A youth icon and an actor who has been advocating on critical issues of gender equality and justice, environmental issues, fundamental rights, secularism, corruption and political accountability. Gul Panag is one of the most influential voices that we have in India today. She started The Col. Shamsher Singh Foundation that works towards basic sanitation, waste disposal and effective employment of natural resources. She also works towards educating the masses about rainwater harvesting and effective usage of solar energy. Leading from the front Gul has been using an electric car for the last three years now which is well known for its zero omission and not harming the pollution. Pic/AFP

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    Afroz Shah and his band of volunteers put in 85 weeks of hard work, dedication and commitment to make Versova beach cleaner. Mumbai's Versova beach which was famous for the piles of garbage along its shore was cleaned by Afroz Shah and his band of volunteers over the course of 85 weeks in what was known to be the biggest beach clean up campaign ever. The lawyer and his eco-warriors successfully cleared a total of five million kg of garbage from the beach. Afroz who was awarded UN Environment's Champion of the Earth and the Indian of the year 2017 now plans to take the initiative to other beaches in Mumbai. He is optimistic that the campaign will not only keep the city clean but help to conserve marine animals too. Afroz’s efforts and commitment to clean the Versova beach paid rich dividends when Olive Ridley Turtles graced and returned to the Versova beach after 20 years. Pic/AfrozShah/Twitter

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    An actor and a fitness icon John Abraham has been a torchbearer when it comes to contributing to the society, world and mother nature at large. John had featured in a poster for PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (PETA) where he was seen freeing birds that garnered a lot of attention. After which John got associated with Save Our Tigers, People for Animal, Make A Wish Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. John also collaborated with 'PowerLight a Village' a campaign that aims to provide solar-powered electricity to villages. From writing a letter to the Minister for Environment and Forests to make all circuses in India animal-free to creating India’s first elephant village in Maharashtra. John has come a long way as an actor and activists for social causes


  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    Calling quit on his 12-year-old career as an HR Professional was Charkop resident Subhajit Mukherjee who back in 2014 switched to improving the drastic situation of the fast dwindling green cover in Mumbai. Since then Subhajit has convinced 700 housing societies to adopt 9000 tree saplings along the Mumbai Metro route and has planted more than 20,000 trees across the city of Mumbai. Each One Teach One to Plant Trees and Adopt a Plant are two of his pilot projects that have garnered a lot of support from the citizens of Mumbai. A total of 2,500 Mumbaikars have planted saplings with a 96% survival rate. His efforts were recognised when the state government felicitated him with the Maharashtra Gaurav award on January 26 for his efforts to bridge the gap between government bodies, corporates and citizens.and for his love and affection towards to restore the fast disappearing green cover in Mumbai. Pic/SubhajitMukherjee/Twitter

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    Amitabh Bachchan is a global star and has been an activist and supporter of nature conservation since we remember it long. Not only he is working towards saving the planet but also directing his fans to take up the cause in all seriousness. The megastar is one of the prominent faces of Swachh Bharat campaign and also advocates people to convert kitchen waste into compost. He has also in the past extensively spoken about the need to save our climate and environment. Every year Amitabh celebrates the Earth Hour by switching off lights of his house for an hour. He came all out in support of Lawyer Afroz Shah when he took the cause of making Versova beach garbage free and also lend a helping hand too. In fact following the footsteps of his father was Abhishek Bachchan who won the Green Globe award for his efforts in fighting climate change back in 2012. Abhishek was once quoted, “I believe the youth of our country is very powerful and sure about things it has to do. It is them who can bring about a major difference in tackling these climates issues.”

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    Rohit Sharma, Vice-captain of the Indian cricket team is very much passionate about wildlife and is actively involved in conservation projects. A member of PETA, Rohit joined hands with an anti-poaching campaign in Kenya in the year 2016. He opened his hearts and donated to the noble cause along with Hollywood stars Matt Le Blanc and Salma Hayek. The anti-poaching campaign took care of Sudan which was the last Northern African white male rhino that ever existed. Sudan passed away at the age of 45 at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya following age-related health problems marking the extinction of an incredible species. The white rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros are the largest extinct rhino species to roam on earth. With an aim to give a voice to the voiceless Rohit even went on to get a sticker of a Rhino on his bat in support of the Rhino Foundation. Sharma even went on to dedicate his match-winning century against England in Bristol (2018) to Sudan. A heartbroken Rohit shared his picture with Sudan after he passed away in March 2018

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    Mike Pandey is an internationally renowned filmmaker known for creating films about wildlife and the environment. He has won over 300 awards for his work to spread awareness about biodiversity and species conservation in India and across the globe. Majorly contributing in the conservation of key species such as whale sharks, elephants, tigers, vultures and horseshoe crabs Born in Kenya, the Nairobi National Park Mike was always passionate about the natural and it is this love that pulled him back to Indian wildlife. Mike's studio Riverbank located in New Delhi focuses on creating films about conservation and the wildlife. A well-known face of environmental conservation campaign in India, Mike has been relentlessly pressurizing governments at every level to balance prosperity with sustainability. An eco-warrior for the last three decades he shows no signs of stopping. Mike has won innumerable award of which the most precious is the Wildscreen Panda Award, also known as the Green Oscar awards for his films The Last Migration - Wild Elephant Capture in Surguja, Shores of Silence: Whale Sharks in India that led to a ban on the killing of whale sharks on Indian shores and Vanishing Giants. Mike is also working on a film titled The Return of the Tiger, which is supported by Hindi film Industry actors, Amitabh Bachchan and John Abraham. Pic/Facebook/MikePandey

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    In the year 2005, the government of India awarded the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar to a Gujarat based doctor for her tremendous work towards mother nature. A Veterinary Science graduate from Bombay University, Dr, Amrita Patel set up the National Tree Growers Co-operative Federation in 1988. Under her guidance, the National Tree Growers Co-operative Federation progressed from a pilot project to an organization working in seven states on regenerating thousands of hectares of the degraded revenue wastelands through village-based Tree Growers Cooperative Societies were taken care of. Under her Chairpersonship, the Foundation for Ecological Security has grown to secure the co-operation of 992 villages across seven states, situated in nine locations and spread across five different agro-ecosystems n a period of five years. Altogether about 75,200 hectares of revenue wastelands and forestlands have been brought under ecologically enlightened community governance and about 33,000 hectares brought under improved vegetative cover. She has also done work on energy conservation, environmental education and watershed development. She was also instrumental in setting up of the Foundation for Ecological Security in 2001. Pic/National Dairy Development Board

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    "For me, seeds are my children. I protect them with the same love and the same care," says Bija Devi a farm manager who has been working tirelessly since the age of 7 as a farmer. Bija Devi started her seed bank at her farm near Dehradun in the foothills of the Himalayas and it has over a thousand varieties of ‘lost’ cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables, and over 500 varieties of rice alone. She travels across the country to collect and store seeds in order to teach farmers and distribute the seeds to them. She started working along with Vandana Shiva who ruins Navdanya an NGO that works to promote biodiversity conservation, biodiversity, organic farming, the rights of farmers, and the process of seed saving. Today, Devi has farmers queueing up for seeds at her project's base, a 40-acre farm in the foothills of the Himalayas in Dehradun. There are roughly about 200,000 people benefiting from 34 similar community seed banks set up in 13 states across the country. Truly she is a pioneering the way seeds are conserved in our country. which is why The Guardian regards heer as one of the 50 people who could save the planet! Pic/DrVandanaShiva/Twitter

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    A civil engineer by profession Chewang Norphel has earned the nickname of Ice Man for his work in developing 15 artificial glaciers in the remote regions of the country such as Leh. His work is literally groundbreaking as artificial glaciers have helped increase groundwater and increase the season for irrigation in the Himalayan states. A recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 2010 his efforts to save groundwater was duly recognised by the government which awarded him Padma Shri the fourth highest civilian award of India back in 2015. Among all the glaciers that Nortphel created the largest glacier is situated at the Phuktsey village which is 1,000 ft long, 150 ft wide and 4 ft in depth and can supply water for the entire village of 700 people. It cost him only Rs 90,000 to make this largest glacier. Award-winning filmmaker Aarti Srivastava has also made a feature documentary on his environmental work called White Knight. Pic/FacebookChewangNorphel

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    Madhav Subrmanian was just a little school going kid when he drew a tiger and captioned it, “To my darling brave tiger, be safe, be strong, and be happy. Love, Madhav” and had sent the same to American comic strip artist Patrick MacDonald back in 2001, which Patrick converted into a comic strip named Mutts. Since then there has been no turning back. Madhav started going around the city of Mumbai collecting money for tiger conservation. He also went on to set up the Madhav Subramaniam Conservation Fund which donated over Rs 5 lakh to the wildlife wardens of the Satpura Foundation near Melghat in north Maharashtra. From doing chores for his neighbours to writing poems and selling merchandise he has seen and done it all for his love for tigers. This little crusader of Tiger Conservation just didn’t stop there. Madhav also loves elephants and draws them which the Good Earth store uses to design its quilts and contribute 20% of the proceeds to the fund. Pic/Representational Pic

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    The Bombay Natural History Society was founded on 15 September 1883 and is one of the largest non-governmental organisations in India. The organisation strives to engage in the conservation and biodiversity research. From marine conservation to landscapes conservation and Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme; these are the few ways in which the organisation has been contributing to conserving energy and resources in India. From working for the Freshwater Fishes of Western Ghats to Eco-restoration and man-animal conflict in urban cities and metropolis the BNHS has been pioneering the conservation programmes across the country. The organization has also partnered with City Forest Fund to protect the biodiversity of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Sálim Ali Nature Conservation Fund to help conservation initiatives by young researchers in which more than 50 field studies have been supported so far and Forest Guard Fund in order to support the forest guards working on the field to protect our forests! For their extensive contribution towards conservation of nature, they were awarded the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar in the year 1987. Pic/Facebook/BNHSINDIA

  • Afroz Shah, Gul Panag, John Abraham: Celebs who fight for social causes

    Tilak Vij did something that very few people would dream of. Concerned with the increasingly troubled man-animal conflicts in Himachal Pradesh, Tilak quit his well-paying job in Germany and came back to India to save animals in the state. He created six nature clubs and encouraged growing trees to increase the state’s green cover. He now plans to set up a leopard conservation centre with the help of Himachal Pradesh state government. Working as a ground level activist and environmentalist, Tilak makes sure that wildlife does not intrude in the residential areas. He is now working towards creating a leopard conservation centre along with the Himachal Pradesh state government. He was awarded the Eco-Warrior award in 2008 for his contribution in forestation and animal protection activities. Pic/Representational Pic

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With problems like deforestation and illegal wildlife trade on the rise, nature conservation has gone up on the list of priorities for a lot of countries, especially in our country. As we celebrate World Environment Day, we bring to you a list of 14 Eco-Warriors from India who are in their own way contributing to conserving energy, resource and protect mother nature. From Bollywood celebrities to common man and activists the list goes on...

First Published: 05 June, 2019 09:00 IST