Arnold in Delhi for green crusade
He has been the icon for fitness enthusiasts all over the world and now Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to inspire the world to go green.
The 64-year-old actor on his maiden visit to India said that he wishes to make a significant contribution as a crusader for the environment the same way he did for fitness.
“I began to weight train at the age of 15 and was awarded the title of Mr Universe at 20. At that time I wanted to inspire people to be fitness conscious. Now it feels great to see gyms in offices, in schools, in hotels.
“Fitness was my crusade then, and green is my crusade now. I want to inspire people for sustainable living, the same way I did for fitness,” Schwarzenegger said at the 12th Sustainable Development Leadership Summit here on Thursday.
He also invoked Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violence movement as a perfect example to start a global green energy campaign.
“Most powerful movements in history, like that of (fighting) apartheid, American civil war and fight of Indian independence started at grass root level by a single person, like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther. They did not wait for higher authorities to give them go ahead to do something like this,” Schwarzenegger said.
The actor appealed to people to work for a green movement on their own rather than wait for their governments or international community to take action.
The Terminator star, who took time off from shooting his latest film The Last Stand to visit the country, said that he always wanted to come to India.
“I was shooting for The Last Stand and I asked them to speed up filming, so that I could be free to come here. I always wanted to come to this land of culture and tradition,” he said.
He praised India for taking measures to ensure a mix of renewable and non-renewable energy in the power sector. “You (India) believe in action too and renewable accounts for 11 percent of total energy mix in the country.”
Schwarzenegger, who has also served as the Governor of California from 2003 until 2011, has been praised for his contribution in increasing green economy of the state. He said that his mission is to now take green revolution all around the world.
“California’s green economy is booming. The state is 40 per cent more energy efficient than the rest of the US,” he said. PTI