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World Environment Day (WED) has become the United Nations' principal vehicle to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment. WED is commemorated every year on 5 June since 1972, but WED activities are held all year round across the globe. Through WED, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) empowers everyone from from all walks of life and brings them together to build a greener future. Not only is every single person responsible for the future of the planet, but every single person can take actions to make it better.
Every action counts - stop using plastic bags or at least re-use them, plant a tree, stop food wastage, walk to school or work... there are countless other possibilities!
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Ms. Lucita Jasmin
Division of Communications and Public Information
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Email: worldenvironmentday@unep.org
World Environment Day 2013: Think. Eat. Save
See what some youths in the area have been doing for World Environment Day 2013.
Food waste has become a conern in many societies. The One Day No Rice initiative aimed to open up a discussion about World Environment Day 2013's theme: Think. Eat. Save.
In Indonesia, many people think of rice as the main and only source of food and do not think it can be replaced by anything else. This action plan aimed to change that mindset and increase awareness among youth about food diversification and the impact of food waste. By increasing awareness from children upwards through society, the aim is for society as a whole to become more conscious about food consumption and wastage.
Participants included elementary school students and children from the village of Situ Gede.
Some of the acitivities included:
  • Educating participants about planting organic crops such as spinach, peanut, corn, chili, and mustard.
  • Introducing the idea of food diversification and the variety of local foods available, such as corn, cassava, and sago, which have high carbohydrate contents and can serve as a substitute for the main food (in this case rice).
  • Gathering the local food to enjoy.
  • Discussion and games about food waste, food diversification, the impact of food waste on the environment, and how to reduce food waste.
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