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Abhay Deol Talks About HOPE and Responsible Tourism

Abhay Deol Talks About HOPE and Responsible Tourism
Abhay Deol's exclusive take on the launch of HOPE,
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Goa’s favourite electric vehicle tourism start-up, B:Live, recently launched Humans of Planet Earth (HOPE) to celebrate and promote green initiatives.

Manek S. Kohli
July 01 , 2019
03 Min Read

HOPE puts stories of eco-warriors, whether they are individuals, organisations or companies, in the spotlight to inspire others. I also see a younger generation that is willing to give this cause top priority. In the end, we all may have different ways to go green but if our common goal is the same, then an initiative like this can help us to learn more from each other’s efforts.

What are some of your own eco-friendly endeavours?

Well, as part of my profession I’ve always had to maintain fitness and good health. But it took me a while to realise that if our environment is an unhealthy one, it affects us and prevents us from being healthy. I built a home in Goa with considerable thought given to aesthetics, etc but slowly it occurred to me that I hadn’t considered the impact of climate change. So, I started to look for ways in which I could reduce the carbon footprint in my home. I already have rainwater harvesting on site, I am going to install solar panels, compost my wet dirt, recycle the dry, planted vegetables, and now I am installing a natural filtration pool. Even when I’m outside, my house on set or in location, I carry glass bottles filled with clean filtered water instead of buying plastic bottles. I don’t use plastic to carry or store anything. I don’t invest in companies that pollute and look to support those that are using environment-friendly green technologies.

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On travel:

Favourite destination

I like big cities. NYC for the energy of the place and, of course, Broadway, Los Angeles for the lifestyle and weather, Paris for the architecture and Barcelona for the partying. As a country, I really enjoy visiting Spain.

Crazy holiday experience

I jumped off a plane once

Unusual travel eats

I’m not very adventurous when it comes to exotic foods unless they are vegetarian (which wouldn’t be considered adventurous!).

Souvenir of choice

Anything but a virus. Sometimes I steal ashtrays from hotel lobbies. Just because.

Bucket list

Bali for the vibe and beaches, Argentina for the culture, Peru for Machu Picchu, and Northern Canada to see the Aurora Borealis.


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