The Singapore ambassador for the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) puts this tiny red dot in the spotlight for her green contributions
Text: Joanna Goh
Photos: FLY Entertainment & WWF Singapore
Eco goddess Nadya Hutagalung walks, talks and breathes green. This gutsy supermodel lives in a green home equipped with eco-friendly fixtures, which was customised and built from scratch. She also has zero reservations when it comes to going diving with the great white sharks - a pledge she committed to when she rallied for at least 10,000 folks pledge to give up straws and plastic bags for the rest of this year in conjunction with Earth Hour's 2012 "I will if you will..." challenge (psst: expect to see the challenge fulfilled sometime in the last quarter of this year).
As the 'greenest' celeb in town, the ex-MTV VJ will be running for top honours in the 'Most Responsible Celebrity' category at the International Green Awards this year for all her active efforts to promote green sustainability in our society using her influence and reach as a celebrity.
Nadya joins the ranks of megastars and global eco-glitterati which includes George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Ian Somerhalder and Vivenne Westwood in this category and has placed Singapore in the spotlight with this nomination.
Incredibly honoured to be standing on the same ranks as her fellow megastar nominees, Nadya shared in an email interview with xinmsn, "To be amongst such a prestigious list of inspiring individuals, it's really already a win for me."
"The motivation behind the work that I do is to hopefully create some form of change in the minds of the individuals around me that can be meaningful however small it may be."
Read on for more on Nadya's eco-friendly upbringing for her kids and her five alternative green tips to a more sustainable lifestyle today.
xinmsn: How far do you think Singapore has come in terms of living and breathing 'green' in recent years?
Nadya: I think that the government is taking great strides to promote greener living. It is sometimes difficult to awake the sense of urgency within the minds of the average individual though, as it's hard to see the effects of climate change here in Singapore unlike in other countries which are facing great issues such as food and water security, rising sea levels and over crowded cities. We need to remember that while we live in Singapore we must not forget that this island is part of a global community that is facing very serious climate and population related issues.
What kind of 'green' changes will you like to see being made (in terms of lifestyle, habits etc.) in Singapore?
It would be wonderful to see greater recycling programs and cycle lanes becoming the norm sometime in the near future.
Walk, talk and breathe ‘green’ with Nadya Hutagalung
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