Li Bingbing's recent photoshoot with a baby tiger as a World Wildlife Fund spokesperson
During the opening ceremony of an environmental protection exhibit at the Shanghai Expo
, actress Li Bingbing
was formally appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program
(UNEP), making her the first celebrity in Asia and fifth celebrity worldwide to receive such a distinction.
When asked why Li Bingbing was picked as a Goodwill Ambassador, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
said, “We paid much attention to and thoroughly investigated Miss Li Bingbing’s contributions to environmental protection both in China and internationally. When we got in touch with her, we could really feel her passion for and persistence in pursuing environmental protection. Among all the Asian actors we have been in touch with, it can be said that she is the most systematic and most able to carry things out.”
Li Bingbing expressed her thanks to three different groups: “the two billion people who participated with me for Earth Hour — it is you who give me confidence and courage; the people who participated in the ‘Million Forest’ project — it is you who make the Earth a shade greener; the friends and teams who have supported me — it is you who gave me a reason to achieve greater dreams. I believe that in the future, there will be more people who will work together with us!”Yann Arthus-Bertrand
, director of the environmental film HOME
, was also present at the event; when asked if he would be working with Asian actors, he looked at Li Bingbing and smiled, saying, “I’m very honored to have seen Miss Li Bingbing do so many things relevant to environmental protection. I plan to film another environmental movie in November and hope to invite Miss Li Bingbing to participate.”
According to reports, after the event Li Bingbing rushed to New York in order to record the dubbing for her part in the Hollywood movie Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
. Her co-stars Hugh Jackman and Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun will also be doing their recording during this time. Li Bingbing will be in America for a month.