2 May 2019

Department of Global Communications promotes Responsible Consumption and Production in June

Did you know that 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute and then discarded? One-third of all food produced is lost, wasted, or spoiled? Or that the fashion industry is the second highest user of water worldwide and the meat industry is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s biggest oil companies?

By 2025, we could be dealing with up to 250 million tonnes of mismanaged waste – that's almost equivalent to the weight of 2,000 cargo ships. Should the global population reach 9.6 billion by 2050 (a conservative estimate), the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.

As we highlight Goal 12, we look at key initiatives launched by the United Nations System to help people reduce their ecological footprint.

Change starts with us. Reduce, recycle and reuse. Act now.

Have a great month of June!