World Environment Day 2013

Wed, 15/05/13

Greening the Blue has launched it's World Environment Day campaign for 2013.

On 5 June, individuals and organizations around the world will be getting involved with activities to promote this year’s theme: food waste.

Food waste is an often under-reported problem which has significant financial, social and environmental impacts:

- It’s estimated that roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted each year.

- Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).

- The amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world's annual cereals crop (2.3 billion tonnes in 2009/2010).

Food loss and waste also amount to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labour and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change.

That's why we're encouraging UN staff and others around the world to show their support by making a pledge to reduce the amount of food waste you produce. You can make up your own pledge or borrow one from the list below:

1) I only take what I can eat
2) I have one meat-free day a week
3) I only use washable cutlery
4) I’ve shared information about WED with my networks
5) I choose tap water over bottled water
6) I use composting and recycling bins

All you need to do is send a photograph of yourself, showing your pledge, to greeningtheblue@gmail.com

Please also include your full name and (if you work for the UN) your job title and organization. Please also indicate if you're happy for us to share your photo e.g. on our Facebook gallery. All photos will be entered into a prize draw, with the winner being announced on World Environment Day.

Take a look at the entries received so far on our Facebook page.

You can also enter your pledge as an activity on the World Environment Day website.

For more information about World Environment Day viist www.unep.org/wed.

Sources:
Global Food Losses and Food Waste - FAO, 2011
The environmental crisis: The environment’s role in averting future food crisis – UNEP, 2009

Categories: Staff Engagement

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1) I only take what I can eat
2) I have one meat-free day a week
3) I only use washable cutlery
4) I’ve shared information about WED with my networks
5) I choose tap water over bottled water
6) I use composting and recycling bins

I pledge to reduce food waste by continuing to plan the week's meals in advance and writing a shopping list.

It is universal that food is very essential for sustaining of human life. We avoid the wastage of food & also inform our neighbors regarding WED.

i pledge to ensure that my enviroment is clean at all times

I promise to create awareness on use of composting and recycling bins to stop food wastage, food waste as a resource (compost) to grow more food for our world.

I promise to create awareness on use of composting and recycling bins to stop food wastage, food waste as a resource (compost) to grow more food for our world.

I promise to create awareness and use composting and recycling bin

Growing up in Africa, I was thought not to waste food…”share/pass it on to the next kid or person if you can’t finish it” was what I would be told by my elders.
Sharing is loving!
I now live in the West and sharing, especially food sharing is unfortunately, not part of the Western culture.

I pledge to only serve the amount of food and drink I can finish! Shall I not manage to finish it, I also pledge to preserve and finish it later! This is what I have now grown into habit of doing and it’s what I teach my children.

I only take what I can eat

I pledge to create awarness on NOT wasting food.

Thanks for finally talking about >World Environment Day 2013 | Greening
the Blue

My pledge just made is:
I will translate into Spanish the Launch of WED 2013…. and here it is!

To be shared with Spanish speaking countries…..
Best wishes! Silvia Montaña
translation follows:
Se estima que un tercio de la comida producida para consume humano (alrededor de 1.3 billones de toneladas) se pierde o se desaprovecha cada año.
- Los consumidores de los países ricos gastan por año la misma cantidad (222 millones de toneladas) de comida neta que produce el África subsahariana (230 millones de toneladas).
- El monto de comida perdida o desaprovechada cada año equivale a más de la mitad de la producción mundial anual de cereales (2.3 billones de toneladas en 2009-2010).
La pérdida o desaprovechamiento de comida implica un inmenso gasto de recursos que incluye agua, energía, tierra, trabajo y capital, además de dañinas emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero que contribuyen al calentamiento global y al cambio en el clima.
Es por eso que alentamos al personal de UN y otros alrededor del mundo para que manifiesten su apoyo en forma de un compromiso (pledge) para reducir el monto de desechos de comida que producen. Puedes hacer tu propio compromiso u optar por algunos de la lista que sigue
1) Sólo tomo lo que puedo comer
2) Hago una comida sin carne una vez por semana
3) Sólo uso cubiertos y menaje que puedan ser lavados y reutilizados
4) Difundo la conciencia sobre el Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente
5) Elijo agua de canilla en lugar de agua embotellada
6) Uso recipientes de preparación de compost y de reciclado" end translation

O hacer un COMPROMISO COMUNITARIO, por ejemplo
7) Mi comunidad de copropietarios del edificio nos comprometemos a compartir la comida que tengamos en exceso con los vecinos y con los más necesitados.

There is Another nice pledge:

•Share your food with your neighbours or within your community whenever possible. Everything will be consumed and no wasteed food left over.
Best wishes, Silvia Montana Argentina

" We have no right to waste food. Crores of human beings searching for the life saving. Nature provided everything for every bodies need,,, not for anybodies greed or waste. Think before you eat and avoid waste ... SAVE OUR RESOURCES... WHICH IS CREATED FOR ALL.......!

BEST WISHES FOR A CONSTRUCTIVE WED 2013...!