Here’s a link to the United Nations Environment Programs web site – see what’s going on around the world on World Environment Day, 5 June 2013 http://www.unep.org/wed/
Fran Stallings at the Environmental Storytelling Network reports that most children in the USA accept climate change and people’s role in creating negative environmental impact. They also feel like any effort they make will not have any positive impact on the issue.
How do we empower everyone, young people especially? How will we help them understand that everyone, even one person can create a positive impact on environmental issues? The Environmental Storytelling network suggests making sure we inform children about positive impact and progress made in working with environment challenges.
NGO’s often say that creating sustainable income and food sources is one way to empower communities living in environmentally sensitive areas, like Madagascar. When Deb Ross was in Madagascar in 2012 it was during the rice harvest. LCF was able to provide children a better wage for coming to conservation education classes than they could earn working in the fields.
This year the theme for World Environment Day is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 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.
Let us know what you are doing to participate in World Environment Day? You can register your activity on the UNEP website http://www.unep.org/wed/activities/register/