As World Environment Day (June 5) approaches this Sunday, take cue from these stars who are using their celebrity status to change the world for the better.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

As campaign ambassador for Greenathon (aka the NDTV-Toyota Green campaign), Priyanka started the ‘plastic clean-up drive’ campaign in April, 2014 on the banks of Yamuna River, Agra. The main goal of Greenathon, a nationwide campaign started in 2008, is to spread awareness on sustaining greenery and raise funds for saving the environment and championing social causes. The campaign also helps villages with electricity, cleaning up rivers and recycling plastic bags.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Along with husband Brad Pitt, Angelina created the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting natural resources and helping conserve wildlife. She is especially known for her help in responding to humanitarian crises caused by natural disasters.

Gul Panag

Gul Panag

Gul Panag is part of the Col Shamsher Singh Foundation and Gul 4 Change. It works towards basic sanitation, waste disposal and effective employment of natural energy resources. In fact, she also formulated a ‘green home’ by effectively employing water harvesting and solar power energy instead of exhaustive resources.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

As a UNICEF ambassador, Selena promotes clean and safe drinking water through the Tap Project. She has used Twitter as a platform to get her fans involved and asked them to support the mission by donating $1 or more for the tap water that they would normally enjoy for free. The Tap Project has raised nearly $3 million since its inception and helped save children from waterborne illnesses in developing countries.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

When we think of eco-friendly celebs, Leo is essentially the king of the world. In 1998, he established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to assist the world’s most endangered animals and places. He also sits on the board of several wildlife organisations, including the National Resources Defense Council and the International Fund For Animal Welfare. Using his craft, he has produced several media projects that have been dedicated to raising awareness on the need for more environmental support, such as the short web film, Water Planet.

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