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World Environment Day: Aahana Kumra says it’s high time people stop cutting down trees now

She won’t miss her training session at any cost. So once he’s done with it, actor Aahana S Kumra takes some time out to take a stroll with HT City at Delhi’s Lodhi Garden on a sunny afternoon. On the occasion of World Environment Day, the actor tells us how she has always been happiest as an ‘outdoor girl’. She explains: “I am someone who has always been committed to preserving parks and our environment. I make sure that I encourage people to do sustainable things. It’s nice to get out and be aware of what’s happening in the city. I don’t like to brag about owning luxury cars and floating around in them; it is a privilege to walk through nature.”

Aahana Kumra on World Environment Day

However, the actor finds it disturbing that the city she lives in – Mumbai – does not care much about her surroundings. “Unfortunately the footpaths and parks have been destroyed. It’s not just the government, it’s also the people who don’t take as much care as they should. This is something that we as citizens must be held responsible for. The smaller cities in India are better maintained than a larger city like Mumbai. I would like to see my city on foot, but unfortunately that is not possible. The pollution and dirty footpaths and roads do not allow that,” says Kumra, who hails from Lucknow.

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Aahana Kumra on Environment Day
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Every year, World Environment Day is celebrated with a specific theme that focuses on the immediate issues at hand. This year’s theme is land restoration, desertification and drought resilience. Urging people to stay away from deforestation, Kumra claims: “With the amount of trees we have cut down in recent years, especially from agricultural land, things are only getting worse. As humans we are becoming so greedy that it will lead to desertification. The land will only be destroyed and there will be a shortage of water. We leave nothing behind for our children. Every week we are told by municipal authorities that there is water scarcity and that we need to replenish and conserve water. These are all human actions that negatively affect our climate and environment. If this continues, we will suffer enormously by 2050.”

In keeping with the message of this year’s Environment Day – ‘Our country is our future, we must protect it’ – the actor hopes that everyone takes responsibility and acts responsibly. “You should treat your country like your home. It’s actually the future. What you do today will be visible to the next generation tomorrow. You have to be very particular when it comes to keeping the environment clean. Even if I see someone spitting or hanging around, I still stand against it. My blood boils when people throw food and pieces of paper on the street. Flaura and Fauna can change completely if you keep doing things like that. You have to make sure that everything is at least clean now,” says Kumra.

Moreover, the 39-year-old believes that one should use their status as a public figure to raise awareness and influence more people towards environmental conservation. “Instead of flaunting everything in their lives, stars should focus on promoting environmental sustainability. If we don’t create awareness about what normal can be, how will people adapt. If we have that power of influence or impact, we should use it. I don’t think if I’m a celebrity I should just be in my car, at the gym or on a movie set. I try my best to be aware and spread awareness, especially through social media,” she concluded.