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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 on our Facebook gallery. All photos will be entered into a prize draw, with the winner being announced on World Environment Day.
For more information about World Environment Day viist www.unep.org/wed.
Global Food Losses and Food Waste - FAO, 2011
The environmental crisis: The environment’s role in averting future food crisis – UNEP, 2009