Fitness icon Milind Soman has taken a 1,000 km bicycle trip from Mumbai to the nation’s capital to raise awareness about air pollution.
The 56-year-old barefoot marathon runner cycled 150km a day to bring state gas company GAIL India Ltd’s ‘Hawa Badlo’ campaign which promotes the use of cleaner fuels and a healthy lifestyle for fight against pollution.
Beginning its journey from Mumbai on December 3, it reached the nation’s capital on Sunday evening.
At a reception hosted by GAIL here to mark the culmination of the race, the model said small changes – like walking or cycling short distances need to switch to cleaner energy sources, as electric vehicles and CNG would make a big difference in the world.
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Soman, who prefers running to cycling, says he took up cycling after four years to test his fitness. “Actually, it wasn’t difficult.”
Every individual should set physical goals and exercise daily.
“Nature did not create our minds and bodies for comfort. It is designed for challenges, hard work. If you don’t use it for what it is made for, it will degenerate,” he said. -he declares.
The Green Ride traveled through Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana before reaching the nation’s capital.
“If we eat healthy, live healthy, we won’t have to worry about the environment,” he said. “If we make the right choices for individual health, consume as much as necessary, if we choose less polluting fuels for health like electricity, it will make a big difference.”
GAIL President and CEO Manoj Jain, Director (Marketing) ES Ranganathan and Director (Finance) RK Jain were present for the occasion.
GAIL, Jain said, has always been at the forefront of the fight against air pollution.
Beginning as a carrier and distributor of natural gas, the company introduced CNG to the nation’s capital more than two decades ago to combat air pollution caused by the use of alternative liquid fuels.
His social media initiative “Hawa Badlo”, which strives to raise awareness of the threat, has reached internet users more than 100 million times.
“As part of its commitment to raise awareness of sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle, GAIL has partnered with ‘Green Ride – Ek Pehal Swachh Hawa ki Ore’ which is a unique initiative by Milind Soman to raise awareness and encouraging people to do their part for cleaner air,” Jain said.
Soman said small steps like carpooling, planting a tree, choosing to ride a bike over a car, and quitting smoking go a long way in making the environment healthier.
“I will continue to champion this cause and other important ones through other such initiatives in the future,” he added.