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World Environment Day 2013

World Environment Day 2013. Photo: Think.Eat.Save

“Think, Eat and Save”, this is today’s celebration theme for the World Environment Day 2013, promoted by the United Nations (UN). This year’s event is an anti-food waste and loss campaign with the objective to raise awareness of the impacts of food waste and loss to the environment and encourage us to reduce our food print.

According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food is either lost or wasted every year. This amount is equivalent to roughly one third of the world’s food production for human consumption. Additionally, food waste is a drain of the world’s natural capital, as food depends on many resources, such as fresh water and others, to be produced.

Given these facts, the UN invites us to take action and rethink our lifestyles. “Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference”, said the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

You can register individual or group activities done in order to help the environment on a special mural dedicated to the World Environment Day 2013.

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