World Environment Day Awards 2013 Finalists Announced

Schools, large and small businesses, journalists, local councils and community groups are among the finalists in this year’s United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards, announced today.

OzHarvest, one of the Think.Eat.Save partners was nominated as Finalists under the Virgin Australia Community Award category.

The awards mark World Environment Day on 5 June and celebrate innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives across Australia, as well as the critical work of environmental leaders.

The theme for the World Environment Day Awards in 2013 focuses attention on the UNEP campaign Think.Eat.Save which encourages consumers to reduce their foodprint. Worldwide, about one-third of all food produced, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems. Food loss occurs mostly at the production stages – harvesting, processing and distribution – while food waste typically takes place at the retailer and consumer end of the food-supply chain.

Think.Eat.Save. aims to accelerate action and provide a global vision and information-sharing portal for the many and diverse initiatives currently underway around the world.

This year’s World Environment Award winners will be announced at the Presentation Dinner to be held at the Park Hyatt Melbourne on Friday 7 June. This gala event will be hosted by Rob Gell, Environmental Entrepreneur and Chairman of UNESCO Western Port Biosphere, with entertainment by Bryan Dawe, Political Satirist.

The United Nations Association of Australia is a non-profit, non-government, membership based, community organization working to promote the aims and ideals of the United Nations and raise awareness about the UN and its work as well as engage the Australian community on key issues on the UN agenda.

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