Gisele Bündchen is making a passionate plea for the Brazilian rainforest.
The former Victoria's Secret supermodel made a trip in 2004 to the Xingu region of her native country that inspired her to fight for the environment.
“From that moment, I knew I had to do something. I’ve been advocating for social and environmental causes ever since,” including clean water, reforestation, wildlife preservation, and clean energy. “After all, our survival depends on it,” Gisele said on Elle magazine. “The damage we are doing to the environment affects us all. It is a global issue that needs to be met with global action.”
In 2008, the activist and her family cofounded Projeto Água Limpa (“Clean Water Project”) in Brazil.
“We planted over 40,000 trees on the riparian margins of the stream and cared for the land until the trees grew strong,” which, she says, not only improved the water quality of her hometown but also helped restore its wildlife.
She has also previously opened up about her strong connection to Mother Earth; “I wanted my children to experience the same joy and connection to nature I did as a child," Bündchen said.
Good Job Gisele! Check out some of her posts where she talks about air pollution, forests, water and the importance of protecting our wildlife.