Orlando Bloom Puts Sustainability Front and Center
Advocacy The actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador opens up about the role water conservation plays in his life, as well as the part we all play in preserving our most precious natural renewable resource.
Mediaplanet: What are a couple things you do in your day-to-day life to conserve water?
Orlando Bloom: Teaching my son the importance of conserving water. By engaging him in dialogue and making conservation part of his daily routine—such as turning the water off while he is brushing his teeth—we are encouraging him to be part of the solution. We have also lowered water levels in the home and planted drought resistant plants.
MP: What do you think is the biggest misconception when it comes to the California drought?
"It is the small steps we take as individuals that make a collective effort in protecting life's most precious, limited resource."
OB: Most people think that their impact is so minute, but when it comes to a state of millions, every person’s actions count. It is the small steps we take as individuals that make a collective effort in protecting life's most precious, limited resource.
MP: Was there a moment when you remember realizing water is not an infinite resource?
OB: While on my trip to Nepal with UNICEF, I witnessed the profound significance of water on daily life. I saw women, children and families struggling to survive with limited access to clean water.
In comparison to California, where many expect there to always be water—at the park fountain, at the restaurant, in our homes—there is a disconnect.
MP: What advice would you give to people who would like to do more?
OB: Protecting our most precious natural resource for our children and generations to come is the greatest stance parents and our global community can make. By continuing the conversation with friends and family, everyone can be part of the solution.