World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and culminate on 5 June annually.
While the planet is struggling to provide enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost, and this is occurring as one in seven people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of five die daily from hunger.
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebration is Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint.
Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme encourages each of us to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices we make and empowers us to make informed decisions. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental, economic and humanitarian impacts.
This year’s campaign rallies each of us to take action in our homes and businesses and to then witness the power of collective decisions to reduce food waste, save money, minimize the environmental impact of food production and consumption, and encourage food production processes to become more efficient. Where food is wasted, so too are the valuable resources used for its production.
WED 2013 is aimed to be the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. Through WED, the UN enables people not only to realize their individual responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development. Every action counts, and when multiplied by a global chorus, becomes exponential in its impact.
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