Sponsored by the Center for a New American Dream during the first week of October. Stay tuned for information about 2016 here: https://www.newdream.org/programs/beyond-consumerism/reclaiming-time/junk-mail
World Habitat Day is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout the world. It was officially designated by the United Nations and first celebrated in 1986. The purpose of the day is to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations.
Visit the UN website for more information: http://urbanoctober.org/index_1.asp?pcd=2
World Animal Day is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated annually on October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. It started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy who wished to highlight the plight of endangered species.
"The lives of animals are profoundly affected by the actions of individuals, businesses, and nations," according to the event website. "It’s therefore essential that, as sentient beings, their rightful status as recipients of social justice is established and translated into effective animal protection."
Find events and ideas to celebrate animals at http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/about_us
The European Week for Waste Reduction promotes awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management, and encourages a wide range of audiences (public authorities, private companies, civil society as well as citizens themselves) to get involved.
EWWR encourages citizens to adapt the 3Rs: Reduce waste, Reuse products, Recycle material—with emphasis on the first R. Reduce means using fewer resources in the first place and includes strict avoidance as well as reduction at source.
For more, visit the official website at: http://www.ewwr.eu/en
World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world. Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.
Events can range from stream cleanups and fish enhancement projects to educational outings and community riverside celebrations. See how you can get involved: http://worldriversday.com/
Zero Emissions Day guidelines are simple: 1. Don’t use or burn oil, gas or coal; 2. Minimize (or eliminate) your use of electricity generated by fossil fuels; 3. Don’t put anyone in harm’s way: All essential and emergency services operate normally; 4. Do your best, have fun, enjoy the day! Find out how you can celebrate—by yourself, in your community, and beyond, at http://zeroemissionsday.org/
Clean Up the World Weekend, held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), mobilizes an estimated 35 million volunteers from 130 countries annually, making it one of the largest community-based environmental campaigns in the world. It brings together businesses, community groups, schools, governments and individuals in a range of activities and programs that positively improve local environments.
National Wildlife Day was founded in 2005 in memory of animal lover and conservationist Steve Irwin, to bring awareness about endangered animals, and to acknowledge animal sanctuaries and organizations globally for their role in animal conservation. Organizers suggest you look up your local zoo or animal sanctuary, sponsor a favorite animal, donate or volunteer to help in any way you can.
More information: http://www.nationalwildlifeday.com/
Also known as Global Overshoot Day, this observance occurs when humanity’s annual demand for the goods and services that our land and seas can provide exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can renew in a year. Overshoot means we are drawing down the planet’s principal rather than living off its annual interest. This overshoot leads to a depletion of Earth’s life-supporting natural capital and a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The population of the United States is using twice the renewable natural resources and services that can be regenerated within its borders. In 2015, it reached Debt Day on July 14. That's the day when a nation’s ecological footprint exceeds its biocapacity, and begins running an “ecological deficit.”
Learn more about this observance at http://www.overshootday.org/
Plastic Free July in a nutshell...
Plastic Free July is a simple idea developed in 2011. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic during July each year.
Where it all begin?
- Plastic Free July is an initiative of the Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) in Perth, Western Australia. It was developed by clever Earth Carers staff.
- Plastic Free July started as a local community initiative in Perth's western suburbs in 2011 to educate residents on the important notion of 'reuse'.
- In 2012 Plastic Free July expanded across Perth and even attracted interstate and international interest.
- So in 2013 we've throw it open to the world!!!
The challenge is quite simple...attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.
Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives and challenges people to do something about it. You can sign up for a day, a week or the whole month and try to refuse ALL single-use plastic or try the TOP 4: plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws.
In 2015 over 36,000 people from 85 countries joined the challenge (see 2015 media release) and though July is over we still continue our efforts and will return in 2016 to spread the word even further. Visit our social media channels for ongoing ideas.
Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth.
Global Wind Day is a coordinated action between the European Wind Energy Association, the Global Wind Energy Council and the national associations to introduce the general public to wind energy through a series of activities. In the run-up to 15 June, hundreds of public events will be held all over the world from family outings and wind farm visits to seminars with experts and leading industry figures.
A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. The U.N.-sanctioned World Oceans Day, held every 8 June, provides a unique opportunity to honor and help protect and conserve the world’s ocean. In 2016, the theme is "Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet," and focus will be on plastic pollution prevention.
Learn how to celebrate World Oceans Day here: http://www.worldoceansday.org/about/
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The theme for 2016 is 'Join the race to make the world a better place'
The WED theme for 2016 is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources.
Learn more at http://www.unep.org/wed/
American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails, with events in every state across the country that include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.
According to AHS, "America’s 200,000 miles of trails allow us access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more. Trails give us a means to support good physical and mental health; they provide us with a chance to breathe fresh air, get our hearts pumping, and escape from our stresses. All it takes is a willingness to use them!"
The event also aims to highlight the important work thousands of volunteers do each year to take care of America’s trails. For more, visit their website: http://nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/
This is the Earth Day for Beaches. Founded in 2003, National Clean Beaches Week is held annually from July 1-7. Each year Americans make 2 billion visits to ocean, gulf, and inland beaches. During Clean Beaches Week, the public will be encouraged to reduce their carbon footprint though energy efficiency, conservation, carpooling, walking and other green activities.
The 4th of July is the biggest beach holiday in America—and the MOST LITTERED. During Clean Beaches Week, the public will be strongly urged to “leave no trace” of litter, only footprints at the beach.
Visit the website for more: http://www.cleanbeaches.com/events.html
Break Free From Fossil Fuels is being organized by 350.org, the organization led by author, environmentalist and activist Bill McKibben that engineered the successful campaign International Day of Climate Action in 2009. The group is mobilizing to keep fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate a just transition to 100 percent renewable energy. Learn how you can take part at http://breakfree2016.org/
Arbor Day was first celebrated in Spain in 1594 with the planting of a poplar tree in the village square during wartime. In 1872, the first Arbor Day was celebrated in America, when 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska. Soon after, the American Forestry Association campaigned for a national holiday, and also planted the idea in Europe, Australia and Canada. Arbor Day is now celebrated around the world, with varying dates according to local climate conditions.
Find out more: https://www.arborday.org/celebrate/
First celebrated in 1970 in the Northern Hemisphere, Earth Day is now an international event to celebrate and nurture the health of the planet and to promote the concept of peace. The Earth Day Network is currently on track to plant 7.8 billion trees by 2020—the 50th anniversary of the commemorative. That's one tree for every person on the planet!
Register your own Earth Day 2016 event and/or look for an event near you: http://www.earthday.org/2016
The goal of Green Office Week is to empower office workers to take actions to reduce waste in the work environment, mitigate pollution, and conserve water and electricity. The week includes initiative such as Energy Monday, Transport Tuesday, Don’t Waste Wednesday, Smart Purchasing Thursday and Innovation Friday. A good time to get the whole office to switch to recycled papers and refillable inks, and to start bringing reusable coffee cups, utensils, water bottles, sandwich bags and containers etc.
For more brainstorming ideas, check out the Green Office Week website: http://greenofficeweek.co.za/index.asp?mid=76&mid2=183
National Park Week, 16 to 24 April, is America's largest celebration of national heritage. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks!
The National Park Service is once again partnering with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, to present National Park Week, a presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage. The National Parks Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016!
Earth Hour, celebrated every March 28 from 8:30-9:30 pm local time, is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organized by World Wildlife Fund. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
Our climate is changing, and will continue to change over the coming decades as more and more heat-trapping greenhouse gases emitted by human activities accumulate in the atmosphere. Meanwhile, scientific advances are making it possible to produce increasingly useful climate information and services to support climate resilience, adaptation and mitigation. The World Meteorological Organization and the global network of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services have a major role to play in providing the scientific observations, research and operational climate services that society will need in order to face the future.
The United Nations' World Meteorological Day is annually held on or around March 23 to remember the World Meteorological Organization's establishment on that date in 1950. Many different activities and events are organized, including conferences, symposia and exhibitions for meteorological professionals, community leaders and the general public. This year's theme is "Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the future."
Learn more at WMO: http://www.wmo.int/worldmetday/
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2015, the theme is "Water and Jobs;" in 2017 "Wastewater" and in 2018 "Nature-based Solutions for Water."
International Day of Forests is celebrated worldwide every year on the 21st of March to increase public awareness among communities about the value and significance of our forests.
Despite the forests' priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate— 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. This year's theme is “Forests and Climate Change,” to highlight forest-based solutions to address climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development.
Learn more at the United Nations website: http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/
On March 15, 1962 US President John F. Kennedy gave a speech on consumer rights which led to the creation of the Consumer Bill of Rights. World Consumer Rights Day was established in 1983 as an occasion to promote basic rights of consumers, including the right to food safety, security, nutrition and sustainability.
Participants observe the day by promoting the basic rights of all consumers, demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and protesting about the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.
Our rivers and streams are polluted, and most of it is from microplastics. The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day to celebrate victories not just of dam removal projects and river restoration. It's a day to foster action to clean up and demand improvements in the policies and practices of decision makers. It is a day to educate one another about the threats facing our rivers, and learn about better water and energy solutions. Above all, it is a day to unite—by acting together, we demonstrate that these issues are not merely local, but global in scope.
Visit the website to find out how you can get involved in your area to help clean up and take care of our rivers.
The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for 2016 is
Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By halting biodiversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being.
Learn more about this event at the Convention on Biological Diversity's website: https://www.cbd.int/idb/2016/
Already threatened by climate change and shrinking sea ice, the polar bear also contends with plastic pollution and pesticides in its environment that are harming the endocrine systems and reproductive systems of these mammals. This is a day we can focus on the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic, and how we can help.
For example, heating and cooling account for roughly half the energy consumption in an average home. The Thermostat Challenge is part of Polar Bear International's Save Our Sea Ice (SOS) campaign, a series of celebrations centered around action on climate change. It begins each year on International Polar Bear Day, February 27th, and continues through Polar Bear Week in the fall—although you can take the challenges at any time.
World Wetlands Day is a day to focus on our vital wetlands that host a huge variety of life, protect our coastlines, provide natural sponges against river flooding, and store carbon dioxide to regulate climate change. They also provide livelihood to farmers, fisherman, the tourism industry and more.
More than 64 percent of our wetlands have disappeared since 1900. Plastic pollution is a gigantic threat worldwide. Learn more at http://www.worldwetlandsday.org