Based on the report of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),1.3 tons of food is wasted every year, this number is equivalent to 1/3 of the world’s total food production, while the number of people dying of hunger accounts for 1/7 world’s population. Besides, wasting food means wasting natural resources and creating negative effects on the environment. This year’s message for World Environment Day is “Think – Eat – Save” aiming at reminding people to pay more attention to our environment when choosing food: to avoid waste and pick up environment-friendly food.
At the Department of Environment Science, University of Science (TNU), the program named “In response to World Environment Day – 5/6/2013”, which took place from 27/5- 5/6/2013, was highlighted with various activities, such as: displaying banners, forming a used-paper raising team launched by the Inter-department Youth Union branch, and hosting a ceremony in response to World Environment Day.
During the ceremony which was held on 5th June 2013, Dr. Ngo Van Gioi – Dean of Department of Environment Science delivered the opening speech and appealed for the economical use of food, refrain from wasting food, better environment-awareness and active participation in environment-protection activities. Besides, he assured the flagship role of the Youth Union in dealing with social issues, especially environment-related ones. Also at the ceremony, the amount of 1.000.000VND was raised from collecting used paper and partially from Executive Committee of the university’s Youth Union. This amount was awarded to students who belong to disadvantageous background but with excellent academic standing in the department. At the end of the ceremony, the delegates, the department leaders and teachers together with students committed themselves to take care of many plants within the university campus.