Actress Priyanka Chopra and actor Rahul Bose have taken the lead to spread awareness about initiatives that people can take to green the planet. The actors feature in a new video released by the United Nations, ahead of World Environment Day on June 5.
This new video urges individuals, groups, families, schools and communities to post the details of various green activities they undertake on the site www.wedchallenge.org/india. A statement issued by UN read, “And for Priyanka and Rahul, this is where the battle lines get drawn. When registering a green activity on the site, people will have the opportunity to pledge their activity to either one celebrity or the other."
While Priyanka has pledged to plant a tree for every WED activity registered in her name, Rahul has pledged to plant two. "Whether it's switching from plastic bags to cloth bags, car-pooling with colleagues or organizing a tree-planting day, WED activities can be big, small, local, international, noisy, quiet...just as long as they're green," says the statement.
"When the votes are counted on June 5, the result will be a new forest inaugurated by the winner leaving a lasting green legacy from the local WED community," said a UN official. This is the first time that India has been declared as the host nation by United Nations for Environment Day 2011.
This is a worldwide celebration with major events planned in the country. This year's WED theme is ''Forests: Nature at Your Service'', which celebrates the multitude of services providing clean air, housing rich biodiversity, supplying water performed by the world's forests.