12. Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

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Mother Earth/ Gaia‘s Blog

Mankind, My children

In my first blog post I asked that you commit to following my blog few weeks to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. In today’s Blog post I want to talk about Responsible Consumption and Production. 

The Problem

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Worldwide, about 3 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year while almost 1 billion people are undernourished and another 1 billion go hungry. Only 0.5% (less than 1/200th ) of the total fresh water in the world is available for all of human consumption and over 1 billion people do not have easy access to fresh water. Despite this mankind is polluting water sources faster than nature can recycle and purify water in rivers and lakes so the problem is getting worse year by year and will result in wars over water resources.

Do you feel guilty about the excessive consumption we do and the food and resources we waste when millions of the poor are undernourished and hungry. Are you angry at an unfair world where inequality and unfairness denies opportunities to hundreds of millions in much of the world? Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

1. 1 billion people are undernourished and 1 billion go hungry worldwide
2. 1.8 billion people have to drink water that is polluted with human toilet waste
3. Wastage of water contributes to global water stress
4. Pollution affects land productivity and poisons species in the seas
5. Discarded plastic bags contribute to excessive pollution and kill sea life

WCYDo (wich-ee-do What Can You Do?)

1. Buy fair trade products to help poor workers have a living wage
2. Buy ugly / misshapen fruits and vegetables so good food is not thrown away
3. Buy smaller quantities to avoid wasting food and support recycling charities
4. Use reusable water bottles to avoid billions of plastic bottles polluting the oceans
5. Use re usable bags when shopping instead of plastic bag
6. Share the facts about global wastage and consumption with family and friends.

Encourage others to join us and to visit us on Facebook to sign up for our newsletter and information about our proposed WCYDo APP. See you next week on blog post 13.