World Environment Day is celebrated each year on June 5. A national day of action organized by the United Nations Environmental Programme, WED aims to raise awareness of the need to take positive action in protecting the environment. In addition, a different host country develops a new theme each year. This year's host country is Mongolia, and the theme is Think.Eat.Save.
The Think.Eat.Save campaign focuses on reducing food waste and food loss, and encourages individuals to reduce their environmental footprints. Here are a few startling facts about food waste and hunger across the globe:
- According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
- One in every seven people in the world goes to bed hungry.
- More than 20,000 children younger than 5 die daily from hunger.
In addition to the world's hunger problem, we hold environmental protection close to our hearts. Natural resources and outdoor activity spaces like streams, lakes, parks and campsites are vital to our country. Making the world safer for our children is another concern for our environment. There are many contaminants that are harmful to both children and adults, but mold, asbestos and lead-based paint are the most common. They can cause serious developmental issues in children. We hope to make a big impact in our community through lead-based paint testing, sampling at schools and other maintenance programs at facilities where children spend a lot of time.