Odd Bits of News & Trivia
Tomorrow is World Conservation Day! Observed each year on July 28th, World Conservation Day is celebrated internationally to increase awareness about the best practices to protect our natural resources. The Earth is supplied a limited amount of properties that we all rely upon each day like water, air, soil and trees.
Wondering how you can get involved in practicing sustainability?
Try turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth in the morning, or participate in a nature walk with some friends to appreciate the resources that surround us. The holiday may be celebrated one day out of the year, but why not think sustainably always?
World Nature Conservation Day recognizes that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and productive society and to ensure the well-being of present and future generations, we all must participate to protect, conserve, and sustainably manage our natural resources.
It was built by John Jakob Raskob of General Motors, and was the result of his competition with Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation to see who could erect the taller building. Standing
1,250 feet high from ground to roof, it surpassed the 1,046-foot Chrysler Building as the world's tallest skyscraper. In fact, the Empire State Building held the "world's tallest" title for 40 years, until it was outdone by the World Trade Center in 1972.
It's cool to be "first", "best", or "#1", but sometimes, it is just awesome being classic, popular, and loved.
Volunteering is near and dear to us, and many of our thousands of Instructors volunteer their services to make communities safer in many ways.
National Volunteer Week is coming up April 23-29, brought to you by Points of Light, is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. Their stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change.
Service Unites, the theme for National Volunteer Week, captures the power of changemakers to come together to build stronger, more vibrant communities through service.
Celebrate National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. Plan or attend an event to celebrate the impact of changemakers in your community, and inspire others to serve. Learn more
Food trucks are becoming increasingly popular in cities around the country due to their convenience and unique food options. There are even Gourmet Food Truck Festivals around the US, and guides to help gourmands and vacationers find them to explore the mobile munchies
One food truck in Los Angeles, gave the food truck phenomena a new twist - We've talked about Food & Hunger in the past; well this food truck serves free burritos to homeless people in the community. According to the Huffington Post, he Share A Meal food truck is run by nonprofit Khalsa Peace Corps and they started the program in 2009 out of a desire to serve the community. Every Monday through Friday, the Share A Meal truck goes out to different areas in Los Angeles with volunteers making anywhere from 150 to 250 burritos per night!
With health laws, consumer "perfection perception", and business greed a great deal of food goes unused while millions worldwide are near starvation.
According to The Guardian, almost half the food produced in the US goes to waste.
World Food Day took place a week ago, highlighting some of the worst waster, including:
Worldwide Food Waste Facts
• Every year, consumers in industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (222 million vs. 230 million tons)
• The amount of food lost and wasted every year is equal to more than half of the world’s annual cereals crops (2.3 billion tons in 2009/10)
North American Food Waste Facts
• In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions
• In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month
Restaurants are huge food abusers - not by malicious intent necessarily, but because their patrons demand perfect presentation and large volume for their spending dollars - but they don't eat what the demand. A new app, BuffetGo, solves that problem! It allows users to buy leftover food from a restaurant's buffet for as little as one dollar. They estimate that it saves more than 240,000 portions of food from landfills per day. The company also donates twenty percent of the profit to the United Nations World Food Program. As of right now there are only a few places in New York City that are enrolled in the program, but the founder told Huffington Post that it plans to expand soon!
Think. Be a smart shopper and think about what you are buying and when it will be eaten. Wasting food is often a subconscious act – become aware of how much food you throw away. Plan meals and use shopping lists. Bring your leftovers home from restaurants in reusable containers.
Eat. Become a more mindful eater. Eyes bigger than your stomach? Request smaller portions and become a leftovers guru.
Save. Save your food, save your money and save the environment. Donate to food banks and become a conscious consumer.