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Sustainable Table - Food Waste: Why I became a student activist

by Rock Lee | 01-02-2020 12:17 recommendations 0

Food waste. It is defined directly, 'food that is uneaten or wasted' and is one of the problems we humans are facing today. To give a dreadful fact, almost one-third of world's food - which is approximately 1.3 billion tones - is lost or wasted. When I was a young kid who knew nothing about food waste, global warming, it didn't have any impacts on me; before I experienced 'food waste' myself.

It was around 2014 in South Korea. As a pleasure-seeking kid, I always hanged out with my friends in a huge park called 'Han River Park' every weekend, playing basketball and riding bikes. One day, I was walking back from a convenient store after buying a bottle of water, and suddenly I could smell a discomforting scent. I turned around, and saw loads of food waste piled up in front of a bin. They weren't recycled properly, some were just dumped on the floor, and pigeons were pecking food around the bin. It was unhygienic, disgusting and shocking. 

Standing in front of the bin, I tried but couldn't understand why people didn't recycle properly and dumped trash everywhere when we were taught not to from schools, adults, commercials and more. This made me disappointed, dejected, and moreover, gave me a motive to contemplate deeply about environmental issues.

From that day, I got shocked every time with astonishing facts about Earth, global warming. I've been a student activist, an environmentalist, an ambassador in Tunza Eco Generation, and more. The piled-up food waste that day really prompted me to become who I am today, but 'food waste' itself is still struggling to go near 'solving' yet. We can all help by doing really, really simple things such as planning before buying, checking expiration dates, and donating to food banks. If everyone takes a small step, one day, it'll bring us a huge impact.



  • Thailand Former E-gen Ambassador Rock Lee


  • Jasmine Karki says :
    Hey Rock!
    Hope you are fine there!!

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful report!!
    Eagerly waiting for your other reports on coming days..

    Green cheers!!
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 09-02-2020 16:33

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Rock!
    It's your mentor Lisa.

    Did not know that you had such a passion for the agenda of food waste! I am sure that the waste in Han River was a great shock to you because I know how horrible it is there. And I can guarantee that it is not the problem of Han River only, but the mess created by the excessive amount of food waste is driving our world to a giant trash can. We should really aim to fix it by changing our daily habits and changing the food culture of modern society.

    Thank you for sharing your story on how you became the environmental activist:)
    Great to know more about you!
    Posted 05-02-2020 21:52

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Rock

    I was shocked by the amount of foods wasted all around the globe. Probably the food wastes that were piled up in the park had been even more shocking to you. It seems that all great environmental activists had some kind of experience that motivated them. The experience you had in the park gave you huge motivation, and I can see that you are continuing with your great environmental actions. I totally agree with you that most of the environmental problems can be solved with little daily efforts, and I look forward to read some articles related to it.

    Thank you for the great report!
    Posted 04-02-2020 14:48

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Rock lee

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about sustainable table

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 03-02-2020 16:47

Arjun Anand

  • Arjun Anand says :
    hi rocky,
    yes, food waste is a big concern worldwide. in UAE we have kindess fridges. Several people leave the clean unsused food after events to these designated fridges.

    It is sad to see,one side people are facing obseity related problems and on other side problems related to malnutrition , hunger and poverty.

    Arjun Anand
    Posted 02-02-2020 01:12

Prabha Bhusal

  • Prabha Bhusal says :
    Hello Rock Lee,
    Great report.Go on writing!!
    Green cheers
    Posted 01-02-2020 20:45

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Rock lee
    I hope you are doing well

    I like your story, it's great to hear from activist like you
    Thank you so much for this great report
    I hope to read more from you
    Green cheers

    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 01-02-2020 13:12

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