05 June 2013

‘Think. Eat. Save.' is the theme for this year's World Environment Day (WED)

AL2446_4034_The_SAHA_Poster_CollectionAimed at educating and encouraging people on how to reduce foodprints (environmental damage caused by food waste) on our natural environment, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) adopted the theme ‘Think. Eat. Save.' as this year's celebration of WED.

World Environment Day is celebrated on the 5th of June every year to raise global awareness of the need to preserve our environment. It is a UN initiative run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972. This year the main WED event was hosted in Mongolia, reason being:

"Mongolia is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world, and is aiming to ensure this growth goes hand in hand with a green economy and civilization. While Mongolia does not waste significant food, the traditional nomadic lifestyle of some of its people who developed ways to preserve food for long periods offers some ancient answers to the modern-day challenge of food waste."

Using PAIA to advocate for environmental awareness

In an effort to contribute to the greater struggle against the destruction of our environment, SAHA has been using the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to submit requests to public and private bodies in an aim to obtain information relating to their respective waste management structures and "going green" initiatives. These requests are submitted as part of SAHA's Freedom of Information Programme and the information received is archived and available at SAHA (AL2878 The Freedom of Information Programme).

The National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report 2011/2012

Published annually by the Environmental Management Inspectorate in the Department of Environmental Affairs, the report's objective is to provide a national overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by relevant institutions across the country from April 2011 to March 2012.

Read the report on the Centre for Environmental Rights website 
View SAHA's Freedom of Information Programme Collection (AL2878)