New Delhi: “Our home is threatened by devastating loss, a loss, of consciousness to such a degree that climate is changing drastically,” with lines like these, actor and United Nations Environment Programme goodwill ambassador Dia Mirza penned a thoughtful poem on World Earth Day. Through her poem, she also talked about how one can save the planet by becoming the ‘Earth Warrior’, she said,
So, what can I do you ask? Refuse, things that you know are toxic, non-biodegradable, all that plastic that we use and throw without caring where it will go.
Remember every item we buy will find itself a landfill, a toxic pile that will pollute our land, our water or our air.
Be conscientious, be fair, be the earth warrior who cares.
She further adds,
Reuse, recycle, upcycle, with pride. Simplify needs, declutter life, question excess. Make responsible living a creed.
With the final appeal to people to do their bit for the planet, Dia signs off,
Sustaining this planet for all life should be our collective duty, our urgent goal.
Just as our birthday celebrates the blessing of life, let this Earth Day be a reminder that the only way we will survive is if this planet thrives.
Read Dia’s Full Poem
EARTH DAY SOUNDS A LOT LIKE BIRTHDAY THE MAN THAT THOUGHT OF THIS NAME URGED THAT EARTH AND BIRTH CONNOTE LIFE NURTURING AND EXISTENCE A CELEBRATION OF THE ONLY PLANET THAT PROVIDES. HIS NAME IS DENNIS HAYES HE WANTED ALL HUMANS TO EMBRACE THE TRUTH THAT WE ARE ALL CONNECTED THAT THIS PLACE WE CALL HOME MUST BE PROTECTED. HE CALLED UPON EACH ONE OF US TO MAKE THIS A MATTER THAT UNITED US. A DAY MARKED TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER NO MATTER WHAT CASTE, CREED OR COLOUR. “THE LARGEST SECULAR HOLIDAY IN THE WORLD”. AND WHY DO WE NEED THIS DAY, YOU MAY ASK? BECAUSE OUR HOME IS THREATENED BY DEVASTATING LOSS A LOSS, OF CONSCIOUSNESS TO SUCH A DEGREE THAT CLIMATE IS CHANGING DRASTICALLY. OUR EARTH IS BEING RAVAGED TO FEED ENDLESS GREED. HUMANS NEED TO RECOGNISE THE AUTONOMY OF SENTIENT RIVERS, OCEANS, FORESTS, WILDLIFE AND HOW THEY HARMONISE OUR LIVES AND BRING TO US HEALTH THAT OUTWEIGHS ANY CURRENCY AND SO WE MUST HONOUR, NATURE’S DEMOCRACY. CONSUMERISM AT ANY COST PUNCTURES THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE AND CHARS OUR LUNGS WITH POISONOUS FUMES EMANATING FROM WASTE WE MUST NOW ACT WITH MINDFUL HASTE. SO, WHAT CAN I DO YOU ASK? REFUSE, THINGS THAT YOU KNOW ARE TOXIC, NON-BIODEGRADABLE ALL THAT PLASTIC THAT WE USE AND THROW WITHOUT CARING WHERE IT WILL GO. REMEMBER EVERY ITEM WE BUY WILL FIND ITSELF A LANDFILL, A TOXIC PILE THAT WILL POLLUTE OUR LAND, OUR WATER OR OUR AIR BE CONSCIENTIOUS, BE FAIR, BE THE EARTH WARRIOR WHO CARES. REUSE, RECYCLE, UP CYCLE, WITH PRIDE SIMPLIFY NEEDS, DECLUTTER LIFE QUESTION EXCESS, MAKE RESPONSIBLE LIVING A CREED TO THIS WE MUST PAY HEED. DEMAND CLEAN ENERGY ASK COMPANIES TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RESOURCES THEY CONSUME AND ABUSE BECAUSE SUSTAINING THIS PLANET FOR ALL LIFE SHOULD BE OUR COLLECTIVE DUTY, OUR URGENT GOAL. JUST AS OUR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATES THE BLESSING OF LIFE LET THIS EARTH DAY BE A REMINDER THAT THE ONLY WAY WE WILL SURVIVE IS IF THIS PLANET THRIVES. -DIA MIRZA #EarthDay2018 #BeatPlasticPollution #BeatPollution #SayNoToSingleUsePlastic
Apart from the poem, Dia Mirza also took part in the clean-up activity at Dadar beach along with 400 Mumbaikars on the Earth Day. Her motive to join the clean-up was also the same – to educate people about the growing marine litter and how it is affecting the planet and to spread awareness about ongoing Maharashtra Plastic Ban and why it is good for the environment.