Gisele Bundchen’s not just a successful model and an actor, she is also a great philanthropist for numerous causes and a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment program. She, being a wife to an ex-New England Patriots player Tom Brady. She has conducted numerous campaigns, planted numerous trees in Rio de Janerio and others. She is also included in a board of directors.
When Marie Claire, an international monthly magazine, interviewed Gisele, she voiced out her reason why she is fighting so hard for the environment. She said “It wasn’t until I stayed with the Kisêdjê tribe in the Xingu region of the Amazon in 2004 that I realized how nature was being destroyed,” Bundchen told Marie Claire. “It was there that I witnessed first-hand the devastating problems the community faced from the pollution of the river and deforestation. After that, all I knew was that I wanted to help. Since then, I started to support different projects to protect forests and water sources.”
A few years later, Bundchen says she and her father participated in a clean water project in her hometown of Horizontina, in southern Brazil. The model says her “goal in life is to leave the earth in a better place for future generations.” She also mentioned she started taking the environment seriously after her visit to Amazon in the year 2014.
So, what motivates Gisele to contribute to the environment? She feels that her children should be able to live and enjoy a healthy planet. “As a mother, I want them, and their children, to experience the same beautiful, healthy planet I got to experience,” said Bundchen in her Marie Claire interview. She also wants to set an example in front of her children. “I always keep in mind and teach my kids the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle,” Bundchen told Marie Claire. “This straightforward approach allows us to work toward simple, alternative, eco-friendly processes in our everyday lives that can make a big difference.”
She also said how she encourages people around her to be eco-friendly by limiting their plastic and paper use at home, using reusable water bottles, bringing their own bags to the supermarkets. “I try to lead by example in my daily life and teach my children about all the incredible things that our planet provides us,” said Bundchen. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our planet; this is our only home.”
Luckily, it seems that her hard work is paying off. She notices her children telling their friends about avoiding waste, the benefits of using reusable water bottles, etc.” “It makes me so proud to see them eager to share it with their friends,” Bundchen told Marie Claire. “Although a simple, small gesture, this is what it’s all about: having positive conversations, taking a solutions-oriented approach, and learning from one another.”