Today is World Environment Day (WED) which is held annually on June 5 and hosted by a different city every year. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. The goal of WED is “to be the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.”
Mongolia was chosen to host this year’s World Environment Day because it is a nation that has made great progress in the shift towards a green economy.
The theme is “Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Footprint” which builds on the campaign of the same name launched earlier this year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and will focus on reducing food waste.
According to data from FAO, about one-third of all food produced globally (worth about one trillion U.S. dollars) is wasted in food production and consumption systems, yet one in every seven people in the world go to bed hungry. That’s why Think.Eat.Save is encouraging people to become more aware of “the environmental impact of the food choices” we make.
This theme can be directly applied to the choices we make when purchasing seafood.
- For every pound of shrimp caught, 20 pounds of bycatch gets wasted.
- At least 7.3 million tons of marine life is unintentionally caught by fishing gear.
- Global food waste per year is about 30 percent for fish.
So, this World Environment Day, think about what you’re eating, take note of how much food in your fridge gets thrown out, and buy a little less next time.
To learn more:
- Read why Mongolia was named the Global Host of World Environment Day 2013
- Read about the focus of WED: World Environment Day to focus on food waste
- Find out why World Environment Day 2013 is A Time for Hope
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