2013-06-05 World Environment Day 
    2013-06-04 17:07:28     CRIENGLISH.com         Web Editor: Qian Shanming

June 5 marks World Environment Day, an occasion promoted by the United Nations Environment Program or UNEP to increase awareness of the many environmental problems affecting livelihoods and the future of humanity. In support of this cause, people from around the world mark the day with their own events and campaigns aimed at lightening the mark our society leaves on the planet.

Every year there is a theme: this year it is "Eat. Think. Save", a campaign promoting the reduction of food waste. The UNEP estimates that roughly one third of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted. The problem is especially acute in rich countries, where around 222 million tones of food is wasted each year.

Production of large amounts of food necessitates large scale use of both fertilizers and water resources. Transport and preservation of this food further necessitates large scale use of energy. The subsequent waste of this food therefore is an unnecessary exacerbation of existing environmental problems.

Nevertheless, World Environment Day does not only focus on this one particular issue, recognizing that greenhouse gas-driven global warming is a looming and international threat. Air pollution threatens the health of citizens around the world. Water resources are at risk of becoming unusable, and soil contamination and exploitation carry similar risks.

At the same time, scientists are working on solutions to these problems, and policy makers that have been influenced by the environmental movement are devising policies that aim to curb and reverse these environmental threats. In China, for instance, President Xi Jinping has declared that polluters should be made accountable.

So how do experts assess the status of global environmental problems? What can be done to ensure that our lifestyle does not compromise the environment we live in? Ni hao, you're listening to People In the Know, bringing you insights into the headline news in China and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

Ni hao, you're listening to   People In the Know, bringing you insights into the headline news in China and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

We speak to Nick Nuttal, spokesman for the UNEP and Prof. Zhang Weixian, research scientist and professor of environmental engineering at Tongji University in Shanghai.



CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

Hourly News more

The Beijing Hour more
The Beijing Hour updated 20:00 2014/05/23
Micro-blog: weibo.com/beijinghour

Highlights more

People In The Know more
2016-04-11 China and Canada: Closer Bilateral Ties Expected 
In this edition of program, we are joined by a Chinese-Canadian senator and a Canadian professor to take a look at the ties between China and Canada.
2016-04-08 Energy Security in Asia 
In this edition of program, we are joined by a scholar and a businessman to take a look at energy security in Asia?

Talk to CRI

The Sound Stage
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Photo Gallery
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ