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Bollywood called to arms against climate change at awards extravaganza in Florida

Published on Apr 25, 2014 3:13 PM

TAMPA, FLORIDA (AFP) - Bollywood's glitterati on Thursday heard an appeal to use their star power to fight climate change as they opened their first awards ceremony in the United States.

Bringing a sombre note in the midst of Bollywood's trademark festive dancing, Indian scientist Rajendra Pachauri, who leads the Nobel Prize-winning United Nations climate panel, took the stage in Tampa, Florida, to urge stars to channel their influence for the planet.

"We are all residents of spaceship Earth and anything we do - anything that happens on that spaceship - has implications for everybody else," said Pachauri, who was invited to Bollywood's annual awards extravaganza as a special guest.

"What I would like to urge all the stars who are here is to see that they associate themselves with the larger problems that humanity, and all living species of the world, face," he told Bollywood celebrities assembled in a hotel ballroom.

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