Day 5 of "June Photo A Day Challenge" : Environment
Today is World Environment Day (WED 2013). Today is also the day for this month's charity prompt. The website for United Nations Environment Programme (http://www.unep.org/) states that this year's WED theme is "Think.Eat.Save." The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost, which means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all that food, are gone for a toss! "Think.Eat.Save." is an anti food waste campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint, thereby reducing wastage of all those natural resources that went into creating that food.
The FMS site said that we could post a picture of our environment for today. But that really wouldn't have spread awareness about this year's WED theme. Last year, on the World Environment Day, we organized a tree-planting ceremony in our building. I thought maybe I could use a picture from that day for today's prompt. But even that seemed like taking the easy way out. So I kept last year's pic as a backup, and continued to search for a picture that clicked for today's charity prompt.
And once again, it was Dad who came to the rescue!
Please don't rub your eyes in disbelief... that really is a tray of vegetable peels (fruit, salad, green veggies, coriander stems - whatever we usually have)!
In India, it is customary to give leftover chapatis to cows, street dogs or even crows. But a few of us in the building have taken it one step further. We even save all these vegetable peels, and give them to our local milkman when he comes to deliver milk every evening. They're for his cows and buffaloes.
When this practice was first started by one of us, the milkman was very embarrassed to carry home a bag of leftover chapatis and vegetable peels. But, now, if we happen to miss 3-4 days in a row, he asks us - "aaj kal meri gaiyya logon ko bhool gaye na!" (You seem to have forgotten about my cows these days!) LOL!
We have to be careful though. Like, for instance, we can't put in onion and garlic peels in this bag. We've to make sure everything we put in is edible stuff for cows.
So that's my humble take for today. And if you'd still like to see that tree plantation ceremony of last year, here it is...
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