Bhumi Pednekar teams up with climate activist Afroz Shah for Versova beach conservation


Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar who started a pan India campaign, Climate Warrior, to raise awareness on Environmental Conservation and Global Warming has recently joined hands with climate activist Afroz Shah, who became the first climate warrior being featured on her platform.

Bhumi Pednekar teams up with climate activist Afroz Shah

Bhumi and Afroz planned to meet on the Versova beach recently and they discussed the need for beach conservation in India. Later, Bhumi also participated in the clean-up which went on for over two hours.

Bhumi Pednekar teams up with climate activist Afroz Shah

Talking about the episode, Bhumi said, “Versova beach clean-up is the largest beach clean-up in the world and I was proud to be a part of the exercise to raise awareness on climate preservation. What I saw has changed my life and I will continue to support Afroz in any and every way possible.”

Bhumi also posted series of tweets. Check it out here:

In October 2015, Shah and his neighbour Harbansh Mathur were frustrated with the piles of decomposing waste that had washed up and completely overwhelmed the city’s Versova beach. Determined to do something about it, the pair started cleaning up the beach themselves, one piece of rubbish at a time. Every weekend since, Shah has inspired volunteers to join him – from slum-dwellers to Bollywood stars, from schoolchildren to politicians.

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 They have been turning up at Versova for what Shah calls “a date with the ocean”, but what in reality means labouring shin-deep in rotting garbage under the scorching Indian sun. So far, the volunteers have collected well over 4,000 tons of trash from the 2.5-kilometer beach.