At the start of World Environmental Week in Nepal, fish were released into the Guheshwori section of Bagmati River. Weeks prior, volunteers came to clean the riverbanks. Kishor Kumar Rajbhandari commented on Facebook, “…time has come to resurrect life in the water of this section.”
The earth indiscriminately supports life, particularly of all 7 billion people that inhabit it.
Yet, every year massive amounts of food are wasted. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that every year 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted, the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Sahara Africa. Meanwhile, 1 in every 7 people in the world still go to bed hungry, and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. This year’s World Environment Day focuses on anti-food waste and food loss with the theme “Think, Eat Save”.
Humanity is connected as one family. Innovative solutions need to be generated to better care for and share the resources of the planet that support the growth and development of our human family.
From June 1-June 6 GPA Nepal and partners hosted a week of programs to explore ways to conserve and care for rivers, trees, plants and earth. Citizens, old and young had an opportunity to engage in everyday changes like composting and reducing food waste, and concerted civic efforts like cleaning the banks of the Bagmati River and tree planting.
The original report of GPA Nepal’s World Environment Week appears on Global Peace Foundation