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16.3: Environmental Calendar

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  • Several decades ago, the UN initiated a global outreach effort to mark the anniversary dates of key environmental treaties as an opportunity for us to pause and reflect on the natural environment’s importance in our lives. Following this example, some environmental organizations has started devoting additional days to celebrate environmental issues not pertinently covered by UN treaties. Perhaps the most well-known being WWF’s Earth Hour, held every year or 29 March, during which businesses and the public turn off non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30–9:30pm, as a symbol of their commitment to the environment. These celebrations have become an important tool to help raise public awareness of the plight of the natural world, and many organizations are taking actions to promote environmental issues through newspaper articles, radio interviews, festivals, important announcements, seminars, and guided walks. Below is a list of some prominent celebrations in the annual environmental calendar. You, your friends, and your organization may celebrate only some of these days, or all of them; it’s all up to personal choices.

    Celebration

    Date

    Inaugural year

    International Zebra Day

    31 January

    2016

    World Wetlands Day

    2 February

    1997

    World Pangolin Day

    Third Saturday in February

    2012

    *World Wildlife Day

    3 March

    2014

    International Day of Action for Rivers

    14 March

    1997

    World Frog Day

    20 March

    2014?

    *International Day of Forests

    21 March

    2013

    *World Water Day

    22 March

    1993

    Earth Hour

    29 March

    2008

    Earth Day

    22 April

    1970

    World Penguin Day

    25 April

    Unclear

    *World Migratory Bird Day

    Second Saturday in May

    2006

    *International Day for Biological Diversity

    22 May

    2000

    World Turtle Day

    23 May

    2000

    *World Environmental Day

    5 June

    1974

    *World Oceans Day

    8 June

    1992

    World Sea Turtle Day

    16 June

    2005

    *World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

    17 June

    1995

    World Albatross Day

    19 June

    2020

    World Giraffe Day

    21 June

    2014

    *World Population Day

    11 July

    1989

    World Chimpanzee Day

    14 July

    2018

    World Snake Day

    16 July

    2013

    World Ranger Day

    31 July

    2007

    World Lion Day

    10 August

    2013

    World Elephant Day

    12 August

    2012

    World Lizard Day

    14 August

    Unclear

    International Vulture Awareness Day

    First Saturday in Sept.

    2009

    *International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

    16 September

    1995

    World Rhino Day

    22 September

    2010

    World Gorilla Day

    24 September

    2017

    World Environmental Health Day

    26 September

    2011

    World Animal Day

    4 October

    1925

    *International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

    6 November

    2002

    World Fisheries Day

    21 November

    1998

    International Cheetah Day

    4 December

    2011

    *World Soil Day

    5 December

    2014

    *International Mountain Day

    11 December

    2003

    *Officially celebrated by the UN

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