Editor's note: This blog was originally published on July 31, 2019.
I tried telling a friend about the food waste crisis and after the discussion, he thanked me and described himself as now being “woke.” Just in case you’re not aware of the use of the word “woke” as an adjective, The Urban Dictionary defines it as “A word currently used to describe ‘consciousness’ and being aware of the truth behind things ‘the man’ doesn't want you to know i.e. classism, racism, and any other social injustices.” Included in the definition is commentary that says the word is becoming overused and people are starting to use it to sound aware of current events or issues.
Awareness can be a tricky thing. The majority of the citizenry may know that around the globe, we waste food at an alarming rate. What they may not know is the extent of that waste. So they must be made more aware. And that can be done in numerous ways.
One of my favorite ways to increase my awareness is through documentary movies. The immersion into a particular topic, to me, is extremely effective in uncovering that which was previously unknown offering a deep understanding of the issue.
Again, most people know that massive amounts of food are being wasted all over the world. But I don’t think the majority knows the depth and detail of that waste.
To make them more aware, a documentary filmmaker named Karney Hatch is trying to raise funds through crowdsourcing in order to create a documentary on food waste titled, “Robin Hoods of the Waste Stream.”
Please check out the fundraising trailer below as well as the GoFundMe page and pass them along.
And stay woke!