EarthDay(org), recognized as one of the leading environmental advocacy body and one of the largest mobilising force behind individual efforts for the ‘Great Global Cleanup’ has recognized Ripu Daman Bevli, as the Earth Day Network Star for March 2021, who gave rise to India’s first eco-fitness movement ‘Cleanliness cum Fitness’ trend in India.
In 2021, he started the campaign Ride for Change to drive a socio-environmental impact post the pandemic spreading the message of zero-emission, zero waste, cycling culture, Litter free India. Commencing on August 15, Ripu Daman Bevli will be cycling 7500 KMs self-supported around the Golden Quadrilateral covering more than 100 cities and villages and organizing cyclothons and cleanups.
Picking waste while jogging, Bevli has organized over 500 plogging runs in 80+ cities across the country. Recognised for his efforts, he has been awarded ‘Earth Day Network Star’. Previously, Bevli has been felicitated as the Fit India Ambassador by the Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
EarthDay.org not only works on building up awareness on global climate crisis, but also works on civil society mobilization through leadership of individuals like Bevli. Incidentally, 2020 has marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In honor of this milestone, EarthDay.org has planned an ambitious set of goals to shape the future of 21st-century environmentalism.
Karuna A. Singh Regional Director South Asia, & Country Director, Earth Day Network India, said, “Congratulations on the great work you do. We are privileged to have you named as the ‘Earth Day Network Star’ for March 2021. EARTHDAY.ORG looks forward to continuing our association with your organization to work for the good of our common heritage, Earth.
“Congratulations once again, and thank you, not just from the team at EARTHDAY.ORG, but all of humanity, for the work you do.’
Bevli started the “Ploggers of India” movement in 2017 making it the country’s first eco-fitness movement. He quit his job to make the mission of a Litter Free India his full-time commitment.
In the latter half of 2019, he ran a campaign ‘Run to Make India Litter Free’ in collaboration with R|Elan where he covered and cleaned up across 50 cities in September and October. He has been featured in lists like ‘25 Best Never Rest Stories’ by Mercedes Benz India and ‘5 Eco-Warriors Conquering Climate Change’ in India.
In 2019, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports awarded him the title of ‘Plogging Ambassador of India’ .