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Consume with care to ensure a healthy future where our dreams can be realized

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05 June 2015 – Today is World Environment Day (WED), encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. As current consumption and production patterns will require us to have three planets by 2050, the UN is calling for you to take action.

This year’s theme is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.", specifically focusing on water, energy and food.

The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources.

And yet, many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development.

By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.

“Our daily decisions as consumers, multiplied by billions, have a colossal impact on the environment”

In a message for this day, Achim Steiner – Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) – emphasizes the impact we make daily through our consumer decisions.

“Some of [these decisions] contribute to the further depletion of natural resources, others help to protect fragile ecosystems. Every time - the choice is ours,” Mr Steiner states.

He underlines that our unsustainable consumption and production patterns are a major cause of the continued deterioriation of the global environment.

Yet, “there is still time to transform the challenges of dwindling and finite resources into opportunities that will promote prosperous economies and a healthy planet for generations to come.”

“I would like to invite everyone to imagine what the world would be like if each of the 7 billion people made one change towards a more responsible consumption of resources.”

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, echoes this, asserting that “although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference.”

“Let us become better stewards of our planet.”

#7BillionDreams: Share yours!

So how do you become a steward of our planet? On this day, share your dream, make your pledge, and inspire others to do the same!

Dreaming is the first step towards actualizing a Future We Want.

Your efforts will help the world consume with care for a healthier planet and happier people!

Recipes for Change

On this day of promoting sustainable lifestyles, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is highlighting its Recipes for Change campaign by partnering with Italian celebrity chef, Carlo Cracco, to bring attention to the impact that climate change is having on many of the world’s traditional foods.

Cracco visited the Highlands of Eastern Morocco in March. There, he took part in an episode of Recipes for Change, and saw first-hand how changing conditions are affecting Moroccan truffles – a key ingredient in many traditional dishes.

More information

At the Milan Expo, ongoing until October 31, a series of celebrations are taking place today to mark WED, underscoring the theme of food production in which the UN has been actively engaged through e.g. the Think.Eat.Save campaign.

For more information on WED2015, consult the dedicated webpage.

Do not forget to share you dreams, make your pledges and promote them via social media using the hashtag #7BillionDreams and #WED2015.

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