WORLD Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment
Since then, it has been held every year on June 5 and is celebrated around the world.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) sets a different theme and host country each year.
This year’s theme is THINK.EAT.SAVE, a campaign to minimise food waste and food loss; that encourages you to be more aware of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions.
According to the UN, one in seven people in the world go to bed hungry, yet every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted.
The UNEP states global food production is responsible for 80 per cent of deforestation worldwide and occupies a quarter of all habitable land. It’s also responsible for 70 per cent of fresh water consumption and 30 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. If food is wasted all these valuable resource inputs are also lost.
Organics make up more than half of Australian household waste: For every kilo of organic waste that ends up in landfill one kilo of greenhouse gases is produced. By minimising food waste and composting any unavoidable scraps we can help reduce our “foodprint”.
The UNEP is asking us to think before we eat and help save our environment.
There are many ways we can make more informed decisions in food choices.
1. Plan meals and buy only the ingredients needed for each to avoid food waste
2. Re-use leftovers
3. Choose organic foods
4. Eat less meat
5. Choose local, seasonal food
6. Avoid eating endangered fish
7. Choose fairtrade food and products
8. Grow food at home
9. Recycle organic waste
10. Celebrate World Environment Day
What’s happening for World Environment Day in the City of Perth?
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY STALL: TUESDAY TO FRIDAY 4–7 JUNE 2013 12-2pm
Information stall in the Murray Street Mall. You can create DIY newspaper pots to grow your own local herbs and vegies, plan a sustainable menu for the week including shopping lists, and pledge your commitment to a sustainable future on the World Environment Day pledge board!
BALCONY GARDENING DEMONSTRATION: WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE 2013 1-2pm
A live demonstration will show you how to DIY your own vertical balcony herb garden out of a recycled wooden pallet. Grow your own local, seasonal produce to reduce your foodprint. Make a sustainability pledge on the World Environment Day pledge board and you could win yourself the demonstration pallet garden!
BREAKFAST HERB HARVEST and COMMUNITY PLANTING: THURSDAY 6 JUNE 7-9am
Celebrate the environment in your local park while you feast on a healthy breakfast made with herbs and vegetables from the community vegetable patch in Queens Gardens (Corner of Hay Street and Plain Street, East Perth). You can help plant the next crop and learn some tips and tricks for your own home kitchen garden. Arrive at 7am for breakfast and the planting will begin from 7.30am. For more information contact Alexandra Scott on 94613107 firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAW FOOD WORKSHOP: FRIDAY 7 JUNE 2013 12.30-1.30pm
Reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of your cooking—literally—by preparing nutritious and delicious raw meals. Laila from Rawsome will share her delectable recipes and tricks and tips at the City of Perth library. RSVP your spot now to email@example.com before May 31. Capacity 20 people.