Interfaith Forum on the Environment

World Environment Day

On UN World Environment Day, Anglican EcoCare presents an Interfaith Forum on the Environment at the Perth Town Hall.

The Panel:

  • The Reverend Canon Frank Sheehan (chair) Centre for Ethics, Christchurch Grammar School
  • Professor Samina Yasmeen, Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies; Lectures in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia (UWA)
  • Ajahn Brahm, Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, Serpentine WA; the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia.
  • Rabbi Dovid Freilich, Shlita The Rabbi of the Perth Synagogue, Mora D’asra of Western Australia.
  • Bishop Tom Wilmot Assistant Bishop, Anglican Church Diocese of Perth Chair, Anglican EcoCare Commission

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations 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.

Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions.

While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), 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.

If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk and about 16,000 litres goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food.

In fact, the global food production occupies 25% of all habitable land and is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change.

Making informed decision therefore means, for example, that you purposefully select foods that have less of an environmental impact, such as organic foods that do not use chemicals in the production process. Choosing to buy locally can also mean that foods are not flown halfway across the world and therefore limit emissions.

So think before you eat and help save our environment!

– See more at: United Nations Environment Program

What: Interfaith Forum on the Environment

When: Wednesday, 5 June 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Where: Perth Town Hall (cnr Hay St, and Barrack St Perth CBD)

Cost Free; Light supper provided; supper will be Hallal and Kosher

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Interfaith Forum on the Environment

Interfaith Forum on the Environment, Perth Town Hall, Wed 5 June 2013


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