Happy World Environment Day!

This annual event is held on June 5th to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action.

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the opening of the 1972 Stockholm Conference. It has also become the main channel through which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) stimulates global awareness of the environment while encouraging political action.

The environmentally-conscious day is celebrated worldwide through various activities, including street rallies, green concerts, bicycle parades, tree planting, clean-up campaigns, and much more.

Every year, World Environment Day is given a specific theme, and this year’s theme is “Think.Eat.Save.”

Children in the United Arab Emirates celebrating World Environment Day. Photo Credit: UNEP
Children in the United Arab Emirates celebrating World Environment Day. Photo Credit: UNEP

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted annually, which is equivalent to the amount of food produced in all of sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition, one out of every seven people are suffering from hunger, and more than 200,000 children under the age of five die from hunger everyday.

Think.Eat.Save. is focused on encouraging people to become more aware of how their food choices affect the environment. By taking action against food waste, the environmental impact of food production can be minimized, and the food production process can become more efficient.

Global food production is, in fact, the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change, with twenty-five percent of all habitable land currently being used for producing food. The industry is also responsible for 80 percent of deforestation, 70 percent of fresh water consumption, and 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

By celebrating World Environment Day, we remind ourselves and others of how important caring for the environment truly is.

So challenge yourself today to think before you eat, and help save our environment!

— Stephanie Henkel, exclusive to Global Animal

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