Most of the world knows Dev Patel for his role as Jamal Malik, the intrepid kid from Mumbai who survived a life of poverty to win the grand prize on a quiz show in Slumdog Millionaire. The film, directed by Danny Boyle, earned eight Academy Awards in 2008 and made Patel the de facto poster child for underprivileged peoples in developing nations across the globe.
What most people don’t know is that Patel lends his star power to support a variety of worthy causes, not the least of which is Richard Fuller’s Blacksmith Institute/Pure Earth. You can read about Blacksmith’s amazing work in Damon and Richard’s book, “The Brown Agenda,” due in stores August, 2015.
Blacksmith/Pure Earth recognizes that our world can be a dirty place. Toxic pollutants such as lead, mercury, radionuclides, chromium 6, and many more kill 1 out of 7 people worldwide each year. In fact, statistically, the number of people affected by pollution is greater than the number of people affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Yet pollution is one of the most under reported and underfunded health hazards in the world.
[For more details, read Damon’s award-winning essay, “Brown is Just as Important as Green.”]
That’s where Blacksmith Institute/Pure Earth comes in. The NGO partners with other organizations like the World Bank, European Commission, and Asia Development Bank to identify and cleanup the poorest communities suffering from high concentrations of toxins throughout the developing world.
Dev Patel joins a distinguished list of people who have endorsed “The Brown Agenda.” Others include Rajat Nag, former Managing Director General of the Asian Development Bank; Gareth Evans, former Foreign Minister of Australia; Rachel Kyte, Vice-President of the World Bank; and Jairam Ramesh, former Minister of the Environment for India.
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