New Delhi, Dec 8: Bollywood actress Dia Mirza, who has been recently appointed as UN Environment Programme’s Goodwill Ambassador for India, says climate change is a reality and the time to act on it is now.
In an interview to news agency IANS, Dia said “Climate change is a reality and we are experiencing this regularly within India — be it increased frequency and intensity of floods, droughts and forest fires. We are seeing a series of environmental degradation that is being experienced in form of air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution and all of this has an impact on human beings, health and our progress as a nation”.
“We hope to achieve goals in the near future in implementing policy and also ensuring advocacy reaches people to improve and change human behaviour. We need clean air, clean water and wildlife protection,” she further added.
Dia, who is also the Wildlife Trust of India brand ambassador, took up the role as the United Nations brand ambassador in a bid to raise awareness and seek solutions for environmental issues being faced by the world.
As a Goodwill Ambassador, Dia will work with the United Nations to promote awareness on Key areas including clean air, clean seas, wildlife protection and climate change.
“Clean air is very important part of the work that we will do in India. Air pollution as we know has reached all time lows and ten of the most polluted cities in the world are in India”, she said.