Environment Day: "Think, Eat, Save"

First Posted: Jun 01, 2013 07:34 PM EDT

It's important to do your part no matter how small when it comes to taking care of the environment. Whether that's picking up litter, recycling everything you use or planting trees, every little bit counts. And to help out more-especially for the environmentally-friendly--it might be fun to take part in World Environment Day.

This year's theme for the event is "Think, Eat, Save." More importantly, this is an effort to prevent food from going to waste and promoting a food loss campaign that encourages people to reduce their footprint.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year, approximately 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted. This is the equivalent to the same amount of food products produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.

"At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger," according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

The organization is hoping to promote this gross imbalance in lifestyles by encouraging others to be environmentally aware and less wasteful.

"If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk and about 16,000 litres goes into a cow's food to make a hamburger," the website notes. "The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food."

What will you be doing this year to help out? 

World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.  

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