Today, June 5th is celebrated the World Environment Day, established in 1972 by UN General Assembly on the opening day of the Stockholm Conference. The theme chosen this year for the celebration is “Think.Eat.Save. Reduce your foodprint”, and the host country is Mongolia, which has been changing its economy, making it a “Green Economy”, and promoting the environmental awareness among the youth.
This year campaign aims to educate the public not to waste food. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, about one third of the total volume of food produced is wasted, reaching approximately 1.3 billion tons per year. Meanwhile, nowadays, one in seven people goes to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under 5 die every day from hunger.
The global food production takes up to 25% of the land in the world and is the reason for 70% of freshwater consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gases emissions. Consequently, reducing food waste will generate savings of water, space and emissions.
The World Environment Day is celebrated around the world in different ways: events, theme parties, parades, contests, actions related to planting and recycling, among others. This year, several countries have already registered their activities on the event website.
In Africa, in the University of Kinshasa, a presentation on the impact of food waste on the environment will be held by UNEP (United Nations Program for the Environment). In the Middle East, in the University of Kabul, in Afghanistan, will be held the workshop about Sustainable Development, and the topics discussed will be: Waste Management, Sanitation, CO² reduction and recycling. In Portland, Oregon, in the United States, public events, such as exhibition of paintings and environmental workshop, will be conducted. And in Brazil, the Environment Department prepared a brochure with information related to the consumption habits and also to raise awareness of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).
In 2009, the event had the theme “Your Planet Needs You – UNite to combat climate change“, in 2010, was “Many Species. One Planet. One Future“, in 2011, “Forests – Nature at your service“, and last year, “Green Economy: Does it include you?“.
Several celebrities participated in the promotion of this day this year, including the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen and the American actors Ian Sommerhalder and Don Cheadle.
Celebrate this day and help to preserve the environment!
*Information obtained from the UNEP website