Bollywood actress, Bhumi Padnekar appeared in an interview with a publication and shared what inspired her to become an environmental activist.
The Pati Patni Aur Woh star said, “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.”
She continued, “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.”
She shared, “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.”
The 31-year old stated, “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.”
Pednekar added, “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?”
She further added, “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.”
Pednekar concluded, “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.”