World Environment Day: winners announced

Fri, 12/07/13

The theme for World Environment Day this year was Think.Eat.Save - meaning reducing food waste and food loss. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.  

Greening the Blue’s audience took the theme to heart and we’ve been delighted by the response to our request for photos of food pledges.
 
We received a total of 183 photos, some featuring some pretty high profile UN staffers, even Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations committed to promote the sale of wonky vegetables in his local supermarket.  
 
Take a look at our Facebook gallery to see some of the pics we’ve received.
 

 
 
Each photo was placed in to a prize draw and a winner was drawn at random during a recent meeting of the Issue Management Group on Environmental Sustainability Management in Paris. Here’s the winning photo featuring Virginia Njoroge and Bo Yoon Jang.
 
 

 
 
We asked our winners why they chose to pledge to “only take what I can eat”.
 
Virginia Njoroge told us:
 
The reason why I chose that particular pledge is that, it pains me to see people in our country dying of lack of food while others are wasting food. I believe there is enough food for all of us, if we only learn to share. We should cultivate a culture of taking only what we need.
 
Bo Yoon Jang explained her motivation:
 
“Whenever I visit good food restaurants in Korea with my food lover friends I eat a lot but I rarely leave food. I just want to say that if you love and enjoy food, you must think about the result as well when you make any food waste. This price is very meaningful for me as a foodie and I am very proud of it!”
 
Virginia and Bo have been sent a set of food storage containers to help them to further reduce their food prints.

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