Happy World Environment Day!
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is “Think.Eat.Save,” an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. It encourages you to be more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make, and empower you to make more informed choices.
According to UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted annually – that’s the same amount of food produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa!
What are the consequences of food waste? If food is wasted, it means that all the resources used in the production of the food are also lost. Think about this: it takes about 1,000 liters of water to produce 1 liter of milk, and approximately 16,000 liters of water goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger.
Global food production takes up about 25% of all habitable land. Moreover, it’s responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. Global food production is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change.
Food is focus of World Environment Day 2013, however, waste comprises of many things: food waste, domestic waste, construction waste, etc. Here in Hong Kong, the theme of World Environment Week is sustainable living, including how we can reduce all types of waste in our lives. We kicked the week off with a press conference and happy hour - see if you can spot yourself in our World Environment Week gallery! Tomorrow, we will host the premiere screening of Jeremy Irons' "Trashed" and Saturday is our inaugural Ecozine LIVE! - a high-profile symposium showcasing inspiring ideas from hand-picked local and international speakers, all connected by the theme of sustainable living. We can't wait!
So, what can you do to reduce your waste and carbon footprint? Make every day World Environment Day and make informed choices:
- Avoid disposables and individually wrapped single servings - buy in bulk!
- Recycle and support recycling industries! Purchase goods with recycled content
- Say 'no' to junk (snail) mail
- Choose foods that have less of an environmental impact and buy locally - When dining out, order only what you can finish