Think.Eat.Save. World Environment Day, 5 June
1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year, while 870 million people remain under-nourished. Such waste is unacceptable at a time when millions go hungry. With a rising impact on our environment, we must develop more sustainable methods of food production. We need to think about what we eat in order to save our planet.
This is the Think.Eat.Save message of World Environment Day.
This must start with each of us, with the way we think and act, and this is why education is so important.
As lead agency for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), UNESCO works to empower learners with new attitudes and values, to change their behaviours and lifestyles. Sustainability is a responsibility that we all share, and this includes eating wisely and saving food.
Schools are the frontline in the struggle against waste, hunger and malnutrition.
In Nepal, UNESCO helps build the capacity of education officials, teacher training providers, curriculum developers and teachers on integrating the aspects of a more sustainable development in the school and teacher training curricula. This is included in a national framework for education for sustainable development that is planned to be officially launched in July 2013
There is nothing more cultural or social than food.
Through its work to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, UNESCO promotes food practices that enhance the quality of nutrition and draw on local traditions. Eating local means better quality, less waste and a smaller footprint. It means taking part in traditional and vibrant cultural practices. This is also why it is so important to share local and traditional knowledge systems and to learn sustainability from traditional agricultural and hunting techniques.
From production, transport and storage to sales and consumption, we need to stop food waste at every step of the way. Each of us must rethink our eating habits to have an impact throughout the food chain. This is how we will lay the foundations for greater sustainability, and this is UNESCO’s message on this World Environment Day.
World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 and is celebrated every year on 5th June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action.
Kathmandu, 4 June 2013
Press release UNESCO/KAT 09/2013
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