On the occasion of World Environment Day, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) will organise an in-house event today where an eminent personality will be invited to speak on Think, Eat, Save — the theme decided by United Nations for this year’s World Environment Day.
The theme revolves around an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages one to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices one makes.
Viji Kartikeyan, environmental officer of KSPCB, said, “This will be a small event. However, later we will organise a bigger event at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall where environmental awards will be given away to various people and saplings will be planted.” According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food gets wasted. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world goes to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die everyday from hunger.
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.
Also, the KSPCB had organised a painting competition for children at Bal Bhavan on Saturday.