Bollywood celebrities including Alia Bhatt, Farhan Akhtar, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor, Karan Johar among others have spoken up after tree cutting began at Aarey Forest in Mumbai. Bombay High Court, on Friday, refused to recognize Aarey as a forest which allowed the authorities to cut down trees for the construction of Mumbai Metro.
At midnight on Friday, the cutting began when many protesters reached to stop it. Since last night, 29 people have been arrested, Section 144 is imposed and the roads leading to Aarey blocked by police.
Here’s what celebrities are saying about the Aarey Forest cut down which includes 2,700 trees.
There’s always been a conflict between development & conservation. Yes, the city needs to build infrastructure to support a growing population. But the city also needs trees & parks & greenery. We need to protect nature like life depends on it. Because it does.#LetMumbaiBreathe
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) October 5, 2019
This is also most definitely wrong but what wrong has been done in the past doesn’t need to be repeated. Its not a blame game Dalvi Saab. Lets do what’s right now https://t.co/cBhsEOHsRG
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) October 5, 2019
Heard the terrible news about the cutting down of trees in #AareyForest started last night! The ecological imbalance this can cause is beyond control & it must stop. I urge the authorities to help #SaveAarey if not for us, for our future generations ????@narendramodi @Dev_Fadnavis
— Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) October 5, 2019
Aarey is not a forest and we are incredible human beings. #Facts2019
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) October 5, 2019
400 trees have been cut in the dead of the night. As citizens sang and joined hands in unity pleading to STOP this massacre. Can’t you see they are UNITED by love!?! Love for nature. Love for our children and our future. #Aarey #ClimateAction #ActNow #ChangeIsComing pic.twitter.com/7XCwSeaqDT
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) October 5, 2019
Devastated to see what happened last night. We are axing trees & coming closer to killing ourselves.
October & it’s raining! Can’t they see? In 2nd std we were taught the importance of trees.. doesn’t look like these bunch of people went to school. Sick#SaveAarey #AareyForest
Why were trees cut in the dead of the night ? Who gets rich(er) because of this metro car shed? Everything about this is shady from the get go, including how the first signatures for the tree felling were obtained. https://t.co/cnFgxgFmKK
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) October 5, 2019
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 5, 2019
Massacre is what this is! We are our own worst enemy! Infrastructure can never precede nature! We need to STOP! #SaveAarey
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) October 5, 2019