New Delhi: On World Environment Day, Dia Mirza was in Shimla with a purpose. The Actor, Eco-investor, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador & UN Secretary-General’s Advocate For Sustainable Development Goals, met Himachal Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu to discuss the challenges of waste disposal and pollution in the state as a part of a World Environment Day initiative. Ms Mirza said,
As travellers, we need to adopt sustainable practices in order to protect the environment and our health.
The actor-producer spent two days in Shimla and engaged with stakeholders who work on issues like waste management and pollution. Ms Mirza emphasized on the need for individual actions and said,
While we need to continue to engage with government, authorities, and civic bodies to improve the systems of waste management, each of us has the individual responsibility to take action by refusing single-use plastics and managing waste scientifically.
Ms Mirza also took part in clean-up activities in the state to underline the importance of waste management. The activity was initiated by the Healing Himalayas Foundation which since its inception five years ago, has removed over 8 Lakh Kg of non-biodegradable waste from the pristine Himalayan foothills.
Voicing her support for the cause that environmental conservation needs an urgent action and the adoption of sustainable practices, Ms Mirza further said,
This was a very rewarding session where we discussed how the eco-sensitive Himalayan region can be protected from pollution and unsustainable development.
Dia Mirza also met and praised the work of Pradeep Sangwan, the founder of Healing Himalayas, and said,
His work is revolutionizing the region’s waste management practices and also inspiring the younger generation to stand up for the environment. The work the foundation does reminds us that preserving our planet’s precious resources demands both collective action and individual commitment.
Sharing glimpses of the meet-up and the action-plan discussed to manage waste and pollution in Himachal Pradesh, Pradeep Sangwan took to his social media to share an update on World Environment Day. Putting up a photo with Ms Mirza, he said,
“Happy world environment day. Celebrating with @diamirzaofficial. Last couple of days we have discussed a lot and soon everything will be implemented on ground. Some of the highlights are :
1. Tourism hotels must make their hotels zero waste, to start with why not hotels handle wet waste within the premises. Starting with HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Marketing Office)
2. Not even a single trek route has waste management eco system – why so ?
3. Decentralise waste management in Himalayas – Just like a school, primary health care center and a temple waste management facilities should get priority
4. Wet waste in the urban areas is a challenge because of zero segregation
5. Top down and bottom up approach must come together
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In Pics: Glimpses Of World Environment Day Event In Himachal Pradesh With Dia Mirza
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