The 2013 World Environment Day is being observed across the globe and in the country on Wednesday with a focus on reducing food waste. The theme for this year’s celebrations is: Think, Eat, Save.
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, 1.3b tonnes of food are wasted every year. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, one in every seven people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of five die daily from hunger.
Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resulting devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme encourages people to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices they make and empowers them to make informed decisions.
In Bangladesh, the World Environment Day and National Tree Plantation Campaign will be inaugurated simultaneously this year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Day and National Tree Plantation Campaign at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital, said Environment and Forests Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud.
Sheikh Hasina will hand over the ‘National Environment Award’, the ‘Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation’ and the Prime Minister’s National Award for Tree Plantation at the programme, Dr Mahmud said at the press briefing at his office Tuesday.
The ministry sources said the government has organised elaborate programmes to observe the day. The programmes include an environment fair, a tree fair, an essay writing competition, a debate, and a children’s art competition.
A colorful procession was held in the city on June 1 highlighting the significance of the World Environment Day.