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Dia Mirza rages war against plastic

Gulf News 2017-12-07 12:17:00
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Indian Bollywood actress Dia Mirza poses during a press conference for the forthcoming Mumbai Marathon and charity fund in Mumbai on January 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / STR

Indian actress-producer Dia Mirza on Wednesday said she’s getting rid of the plastic in her life. She has begun using a toothbrush that is made of bamboo, for one thing.

“The basic things which you can do in your life can go a big distance,” Mirza explained. “My toothbrush is a bamboo one. I have stopped using plastic packaged water. I carry my metal bottle from home.”

“I ensure the vehicles I move around are on the highest emissions standards. I would love to use an electric car. I wish the government of India will reduce the taxes on sustainable alternatives.”

She said: “I have switched from using normal sanitary napkins to biogradable ones.”

Mirza, who is also the Wildlife Trust of India brand ambassador, took up the role as the United Nations (UN) brand ambassador to her work on raising awareness and seeking solutions for environmental issues that the world, and India in particular, faces.

As a Goodwill Ambassador, the Bollywood actress will work with the UN to further spread the message on priority areas including clean air, clean seas, wildlife protection and climate change.

“I am delighted to have Dia join UN Environment as a Goodwill Ambassador. India faces many challenges, in particular the air pollution that is choking many of its cities.

“Dia Mirza’s influence can help to turn the situation around and create a healthy future for Indians and their environment,” said UN Environment head Erik Solheim.

After three days of hectic negotiations in the third United Nations Environment Assembly that culminated in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, 193 countries pledged to make it easier to rethink, reuse, recycle, recover and remake any products, materials and prevent and reduce waste generation.

“This type of political declaration is first of the kind. It has been an astonishing success,” Solheim said.

He said the nations need a three-pronged strategy to deal with litter.

“The plastic material needs to be recycled. The air pollution sources need to minimised through electrical mobility and promoting public transportation. And [there is a] need to stop the processing of chemicals like mercury, a major pollutant,” Solheim added.