It’s only one week until World Environment Day 2013.
On 5 June, individuals and organizations around the world will be getting involved with activities to promote and celebrate this year’s theme: food waste.
Food waste is an often under reported problem which has significant financial, social and environmental impacts. It’s estimate that roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted each year.
Environmentally, food waste leads to wasteful use of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides; more fuel used for transportation; and more rotting food, creating more methane – one of the most harmful greenhouse gases that contributes to climate change. Methane is 23 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. The vast amount of food going to landfills makes a significant contribution to global warming.
At MWPS we have a Bring It In Take It Home and Rubbish Free Lunch Days to try and encourage the eating of healthy food and reduce our waste. We also have our worm farms which significantly reduces our food waste going to landfill.
If you want to get involved in this year’s World Environment Day, visit www.unep.org/wed to register an activity or find out activities happening in your area.
You can also show your personal commitment to the issue by sending a pledge to the Greening the Blue photo competition. All you have to do to enter is take a photo of yourself and your pledge, and send it to the Greening the Blue team. You will be entered into a prize draw and, if you so choose, your photo will be displayed to the Greening the Blue Facebook page.
For more information visit www.greeningtheblue.org
Click on the picture to go to the website!
Click on the GREENING THE BLUE COMPETITION picture to enter!