The United Nations in Zambia, together with the Government of Zambia and other national partners commemorated this year’s World Environment Day with a theme “Think. Eat. Save”. The following outreach activities took place over a two day period to mark the day.On Tuesday 4 June, there was a community waste collection exercise, where The United Nations family in Zambia carried out a waste collection exercise in Kalingalinga community. Community residents, UN staff and other volunteers collected an assortment of waste, including litter, plastic bags and other waste materials and handed them over to the Waste Management Department of the Lusaka City Council for proper disposal. The objective of the initiative was to encourage community spirit to waste collection and highlight the importance of keeping one’s environment clean.
The clean-up activity was done in collaboration with the Lusaka City Council, a Community Based Enterprise (CBE) and Kalingalinga residents. Residents also got insights into how they could cut down on unnecessary waste that pollutes their environment.
On Wednesday, 5 June, There was a march from ZESCO to Levy Business Park; during this match public awareness was being conducted as well as inviting the public to be part of the activities that were taking place at Levy Park shopping mall.There was an exhibition based on the theme “Think, Eat, Save” by the various stakeholders such as Green Namunga Club, University of Zambia Natural Resources Department, Sunny Money, Makeni Women and Youth Cooperative Society, ZESCO, as well as the UN agenices, where staffers raised awareness with the public to take action in their homes to help reduce food waste and minimize the environmental impact of food production.
They also demonstrated source separation of waste using recyclable materials like papers and plastic bottles. Recycled items produced by climate change youth ambassadors, posters and flyers on World Environment Day and flyers/brochures on the work of UN Zambia where also exhibited.
Present at the observance was the Deputy Ministers of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Honourable David Chung’imbu and Honourable Dr. Mwali, Mrs Daisy N’gambi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Senior Government Officers, The Management of Levy Business Park, school children and the Media.
The resounding message was “The decisions we make in the home, in our kitchens and at our dining tables, as well as national plans and systems for crop production, post harvesting and food processing should be planned through the lens of the likely chain of impact our food-print is having on the well-being of our neighbours and our shared environment. Let’s all think, eat, save and reduce our Food-Print”.