The UN Environment Programme Food Waste campaign Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint continues to expand with additional partners from the United States of America, Australia and Copenhagen. The campaign continues to draw tremendous interest among media institutions, UN organizations, private sector, NGO’s, Governments, Universities , households and individuals.
The Campaign welcomes three new partners:
- The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) – Is one of America’s most effective environmental action groups, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. It is described by many as “One of the most powerful, credible and forceful advocate for stringent environmental protection.
In this partnership, NRDC will support the UNEP’s Think.Eat.Save. campaign to raise awareness by disseminating campaign information to its wider audience through its website and social media networks as well as through regular content contribution of blogs and other information materials and resources.
NRDC will also work on the review and potential standardization of expiration date practices among food distribution/retail companies in North America and advocate for the US government to adopt a public target on food waste reduction.
NRDC will also organize a high-level panel of experts on food waste issues for the North American launch, Spring 2013.
- OzHarvest – Founded in 2004, it is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food, which would otherwise be discarded. This excess food is distributed to charities supporting the vulnerable in Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Brisbane. OzHarvest will support the Think. Eat. Save. Campaign by raising awareness, information sharing, blog contributions as well as collaborating in organizing a Feeding the 5000 event in Australia.
OzHarvest will also engage private sector organizations, local governments and schools to pledge to a food waste reduction target that can be announced at World Environment Day on 5 June 2013.
- Stop Wasting Food – is Denmark's largest movement of private consumers against food waste - a non-profit NGO, created by the consumers for the consumers. It inspires consumers to act locally by donating edible surplus food to shelters for homeless people.
The movement will support the Think.Eat.Save. Campaign in raising public awareness about food waste through campaigns, publicity, press, discussions, debate, events and other information-sharing platform.
The NGO will take the lead in organizing a Feeding the 5000 event in Copenhagen as well as support the celebration of the World Environment Day on June 5.
The campaign harnesses the expertise of organizations such as WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), Feeding the 5,000 and other partners, including national governments, who have considerable experience targeting and changing wasteful practices. It aims to accelerate action and provide a global vision and information-sharing portal for the many and diverse initiatives currently underway around the world.