PEOPLE have been urged to take responsibility and reduce food waste to save money, resources and minimise environmental impacts.
This was the advice from acting permanent secretary for Environment Ministry Saverio Baleikanacea at the World Environment Day celebration in Labasa on Wednesday.
"Alarming environmental changes and disasters is evident all over the world today and it results in water shortage, desertification, and soil and vegetation degradation, which not only leads to depletion of natural resources but also threatens the social and economic development," Mr Baleikanacea said.
"Environmental protection is not only a single-day campaign but a life-long cause of day to day effort of every citizen of the world.
"The Minister for Local Government and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua launched the National Environment Celebrations campaign for Fiji last week in Colo-i-Suva and today's program marks a continuity of that opening in the North."
For the students, Mr Baleikanacea said the ministry, through the opening of the one month school competition, would inspire them to understand the true meaning of the World Environment Day theme — think, eat, save and reduce your foodprint.
"I encourage you to take part in this competition and share the lessons learnt and knowledge you will acquire in researching issues that deals with the environment."