IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY
Every Year on the 5th of June we celebrate World Environment Day to spread awareness among global citizens about Mother Nature. The theme for this year is Think. Eat. Save…. Reduce your food print. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people, FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts.
At the World Environment Day celebrations held at Botanical Gardens in Gaborone, UN’s Resident Commissioner emphasized: “Food is a human right. Say NO to food waste and help reduce food print. THINK before you EAT and help SAVE the environment. Individual actions when multiplied can make a big difference to the planet.”
The theme is to encourage you and I to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices we make and empower us to make informed decisions. So think before you eat and help save our environment!
It is our responsibility to help save the environment so that future generations can also get the opportunity to enjoy living on this planet.
- Jog outside and save the energy you would have used on the treadmill.
- Travel around town on your bike, on public transport or walk to a restaurant near you. It’s cheaper.
- Order small food portions first. Better to add on than waste.
- Don’t buy more than you really need- BUDGET. More food in your pantry increases the risk of food going bad before you consume.
- Bring a reusable bag to do all your grocery shopping. A reusable bag will last longer and has a lower environmental impact than a plastic bag.
- Learn more about the environmental impact of food production. Did you know that it takes 1000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk.
- Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
- Green your office by printing double sided, turning off monitors, starting an office-recycling program.
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
- Educate your friends on how individual actions can have an exponential impact and motivate action.
- Engage in an environmental activity, like school or neighborhood tree planting. Form a group of peers or colleagues to oversee the food waste at your school, neighborhood or workplace.
- Give seedlings as birthday gifts.
- Mobilize your networks! Message your friends about the environment- facebook, twitter, sms, phone, email- it doesn’t matter, just get the word out.
For more information on how you can actively participate in protecting the environment, contact the following organizations
- Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism.
- Cheetah Conservation Botswana
- BirdLife Botswana
- Kalahari Conservation Society
- Khama Rhino Sanctuary
- Mmokolodi Nature Reserve
- Forest Conservation Botswana
- Recyle- It Botswana
- Wena Environmental Education and News Trust
In conclusion, Ladies and gentlemen there is a lot that we can do in our homes, communities and workplace to save the environment. Let us take the initiative and help the government and NGO’s to save our Botswana for future generations.
Robert Swan the first person in history to walk to both the North and South poles and founder of Antarctica Leadership Expedition once said, “The Greatest Threat to Our Planet Is the Belief That Someone Else Will Save It”. Ladies and gentlemen, saving our environment begins with YOU and I, it is our responsibility.
Thank you all so much for listening and remember THINK.EAT. SAVE….REDUCE YOUR FOODPRINT.
THANK YOU TOASTMASTER!!! ((((handshake))))
NB: Gaborone Toastmasters Club meetings are held at Thornhill Primary School.