Actress and producer Dia Mirza, who has been the voice of change for conservation and environmental protection, has a special wish for her fans on her 40th birthday on December 9.
Instead of throwing a big party, the actor intends to help the bereaved families of the country’s rangers, who have lost their lives amid the ongoing pandemic. A hopeful Mirza said: “I call on everyone to join me, donate to the cause and help ensure a secure future for the families of those who gave their lives to protect our forests. . “
At the height of the second wave of the pandemic, rangers continued to work and patrol the forest on foot. “This year, around March and June, the country lost more than 500 of these conservation heroes to Covid-19,” she shares, adding that “most of them were between 30 and 50 years “.
Along with their families, Mirza will donate ??40 lakh and “seek everyone’s help to maximize impact”.
She reveals, “Starting on my 40th birthday this year, for the next 40 days, I will donate a lakh each day and I hope you all contribute alongside me to the best of your ability.”
Mirza goes on to say, “I would ask anyone who might want to send me flowers or gifts on my birthday, to donate to Wildlife Trust of India instead to help our Van Rakshaks.”
The UNEP Goodwill Ambassador as well as the Wildlife Trust of India Ambassador believe it is everyone’s duty to support the rangers, whom she calls “nature stewards”, to honor their efforts in service. of nature.
She adds: “The sudden disappearance of such committed people is not only heartbreaking, but a blow to nature conservation. The least we can do now is recognize their service and support the young families they leave behind.