Sustainability Related Observances and Green Holidays
Everywhere around the world there are days, weeks, and celebrations set aside just to help us with our concern for the world around us. If you know of any special events, please inform us, so that we may share them with our visitors! Many of celebrations or notable earth's people and environmental days are UN holidays:
2009 International Year of Reconciliation
2014 International Year of Family Farming
New Years Day - January 1--worldwide (Chinese New Year differnt every year)
National Bird Day - January 5
Arbor Day - Celebrations held annually throughout the year (date determined by the best tree planting times in each country/state).
World Wetlands Day - held annually on February 2.
Schools Clean Up Day Australia (Great Idea!) February 1
Ground Hog Day - Feb 2
Spay Day USA - promotes spaying or neutering of our pets and feral cats. Held annually near the end of February (U.S. event).World Day of Social Justice - held annually on February 20th.
Starting 1st Week Feb+ Recyclemania--Hundreds of colleges across the country participate in recycle events all month
Bussiness Clean Up Day Australia (great Idea!) February 28
Meatout - promotes a vegetarian diet. Held annually on the first day of spring (on or about March 20).
Spring Equinox held annually on March 21
World Forestry Day March 21
World Water Day - held annually on March 22nd. (A UN Holiday)
World Meteorological Day March 23 (A UN Holiday)
Earth Hour Mar. 27, 2010 (changes date every year, last Sat of March, 8-9 pm)
Earth Week- held annually on April 22 or about
April World Health Day- held annually on April 2 (A UN Holiday)
World Heritage Day April 18
TV-Turnoff Week - held annually in the last week of April.
National Arbor Day- in US Celebrate Arbor Day on April 30, 2010 (changes each year)
International Day of Chernobyl- April 26
Save the Frogs Day - held annually at the end of April.
Be Kind to Animals Week - held annually around the second week of May (U.S. event).
World Press Freedom Day -. held annually on May 3
May 7 – National (U.S.) Public
International Day of Families - held annually on May 15
International Migratory Bird Day- held annually on the second Saturday in May
Fair Trade Week - held annually during the second week of May
International Day for Biological Diversity - held annually on May 22nd. (A UN Holiday)
May 18 – Plant Conservation Day
May 1 - 8 International Museum Day
May 21 – Endangered Species Day
May 22 is International Biodiversity Day.
World No Tobacco Day - held annually on May 31st.
World Environment Day - held annually every June 5th. (A UN Holiday)
World Ocean Day - held annually every June 8th
German Recycle Day held annually on June 12-13:
Global Wind Day - (June 15): This day celebrates the enormous benefits of wind power and spread a positive message about wind power
World Day to Combat Desertification - 17 June (A UN Holiday)
World Whale Day held annually on June in Australia:
National Trails Day - held annually on the first Saturday of June (U.S. and Canadian event).
Great American Backyard Campout - held annually in the latter part of June (U.S. event).
World Population Day - held annually every July 11th.
National Tree Day (USA)- July 25, 2009
International Day of the World's Indigenous People - held annually on August 9th.
Smokey the Bear's Birthday August 9
International Youth Day - held annually on August 12th.
International Coastal Cleanup Day - held annually during the second or third Saturday of September.
National Wildlife Day Sepember 4
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer - held annually on September 16th. (A UN Holiday)
Clean Up the World Campaign - held annually during the third weekend of September.
International Day of Peace - held annually on September 21st.
World Carfree Day Campaign - held annually on September 22nd. Boston, Paris, London, Bogota and many other cities
Autumn Equinox -September 21
Green Consumer Day September 28
World Vegetarian Day on October 1st.
World Habitat Day - held annually on the first Monday of October.
World Wildlife Week October 1-7
Junk Mail Awareness Week - held annually during the first week of October.
World Farm Animals Day - held annually on or around October 2nd (Mahatma Gandhi's birthday)
World Animal Welfare Day October 4
World Food Day 2010: October 16
U.N. DAY - held annually on October 24
World Vegetarian Awareness Month - held annually during the month of October.
Take Back Your Time Day - held annually on October 24th (U.S. and Canadian event).
National Tour of Solar Homes - tours of solar homes held every October throughout the United States (U.S. event).
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17
UN 2000 UNEP Sasakawa Environment Prize- November 1
World Vegan Day - held annually on November 1st
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict - November 6 (A UN Holiday)
Children’s Day in India November 14
America Recycles Day - November 15 or about -held annually in mid-November (U.S. event).
Universal Children's Day November 20
Buy Nothing Day - held annually in late November.
Fur Free Friday - held annually the day after Thanksgiving (U.S. event).
International Day of Tolerance - November 16:
Universal Children's Day - November 20
World Conservation Day Dec. 3, 2009
International Volunteer Day - held annually on December 5th.
Human Rights Day - December 10, 2010
Winter Solstice - December 21
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