MUMBAI—She's among the loudest champions of Nature in India today, and slowly but surely making an impact in areas of conservation and environment. And so it came as no surprise when actor and filmmaker Dia Mirza was bestowed with the ‘Green Crusader of the Year’ award at the recently concluded IAA Olive Crown Awards 2017.

Every year, the India chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA) honors individuals who have gone the extra mile to use mediums of communication to create awareness and impact change with Green Crusader Award.

This year, the organizers unanimously selected Mirza to accept the Olive Crown Green Crusader award for her consistent effort in pushing the green agenda.

"I do feel like a crusader. Making people understand the umbilical link between ecology and economy makes one feel like one is fighting a crusade. But what a waste it would be to have a voice and not use it," the actress said as she accepted the award.

I would like to thank IAA for acknowledging the work I've done but more so, I think I'd use this honor as inspiration to do more," she added.

The Olive Crown Awards, currently in its seventh edition, took place at the Famous Studios in Mumbai on Mar. 15.

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