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Calendar of Environmental Holidays

Calendar of Environmental Holidays for 2023-2024 year
Our planet’s calendar of environmental holidays includes global events and dates that draw attention to important ecological issues of plants, animals, atmosphere, earth, and water. Yes, we know that you know that there is such holiday as Earth Day. But did you know about nearly 100 other environmental dates designated by UN and various other organizations to appreciate environment and create awareness of environmental issues? Here’s a list of all significant global, international and national green holidays to celebrate virtually every day. And every day is a good day to honor and protect our planet. Help us Help us 

List of green holidays held all around the world for 2023-2024 year

March 2023

April 2023

Saturday 1 April - Fossil Fools Day in United States and Canada (For those environmentally-minded pranksters out there, Fossil Fools Day is a strange mix of April Fools' day and Earth Day and it takes place each year on April 1. It began in 2004 in the United States and Canada to hold coordinated action against the not-so-funny use of fossil fuels to derive energy); National Garden Month in USA; Tangible Karma Day (is a company founded by Amber Nicole Dilger in 2005 and her idea was to recycle and reuse); National Tree Planting Day in Tanzania; Arbor Day in Tanzania
Saturday 15 April - Ecological Knowledge Day (has been celebrated in Ukraine since 1996 at the initiative of environment NGOs)
Monday 17 April - National Dark Sky Week in USA (The darkest holiday of them all was founded in 2003, and every April the week of the new moon marks a time to shed some light on our big expanse of sky); Bat Appreciation Day
Saturday 22 April - Days of protection from environmental hazards in Russia; Chemists Celebrate Earth Day in USA (In 2003, the American Chemical Society joined in on April 22's festivities. Each year, ACS highlights one of four general topics and chooses a theme—this year it's "Our Earth: Handle With Care"—to focus the celebration and highlight how chemists can contribute to a greener world); Earth Day; Environmental Awareness Day in Wisconsin
Saturday 29 April - Birthday of the World Wildlife Fund (Date of foundation of the WWF April 29, 1961, Morges, Switzerland); Tree Planting Day in Colombia

May 2023

Thursday 4 May - Greenery Day in Japan (みどりの日 - Until 1988, April 29 was celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Showa. It was decided to keep this day a holiday even after his passing away in January 1989 and to name it Greenery Day because of the late Emperor's love of nature. In 2007, April 29 became Showa Day, and Greenery Day was moved to May 4); Bird Day
Saturday 6 May - Green Up Day in Vermont (observed on the first Saturday of May, is a statewide effort in the US state of Vermont to clean up roadside trash)
Friday 19 May - World Endangered Species Day (This environmental date is celebrated on the third Friday of May); Bike-to-Work Day in United States (is celebrated on the third Friday of May)
Saturday 20 May - World Bee Day (On this day Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734); Volga River Day in Russia (celebrated since 2008); European Maritime Day (European Council)
Wednesday 24 May - European Day of Parks (Europarc Federation)
Sunday 28 May - Venezuela Arbor Day (celebrated on the last Sunday in May)

June 2023

Saturday 3 June - European Bicycle Day (celebrated since 1998)
Friday 9 June - Coral Triangle Day (The CTD was first held on June 10, 2012, as a regional interpretation of World Oceans Day. During the 8th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (a multilateral partnership to safeguard the Coral Triangle's marine and coastal biological resources) Senior Official Meeting, member countries declared to designate the Coral Triangle Day to be held annually. The region covers the exclusive economic zones of six countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste)
Monday 12 June - Animal Rights Awareness Week ( Begins from the third week of June)
Friday 16 June - World Sea Turtle Day (WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation)
Saturday 17 June - International Surfing Day (was established in 2005 by Surfing Magazine and The Surfrider Foundation); World Trashman Day; World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
Wednesday 21 June - National Aboriginal Day in Canada; World Giraffe Day (is an exciting annual event initiated by GCF to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night); Summer Solstice (International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice)
Tuesday 27 June - World Microbiome Day (was launched by the APC Microbiome Ireland. Microbiomes are communities of bacteria, fungi and virus that are found everywhere, from inside our bodies to soil and water)

July 2023

Saturday 1 July - The first day of Van Mahotsav in India (celebrated until July 7. Van Mahotsav is an annual tree-planting movement in India, which began in 1950. The name Van Mahotsava means FESTIVAL OF FORESTS); Clean Beaches Week in USA
Saturday 15 July - Latino Conservation Week in US (a nine-day national celebration of Latino heritage)
Sunday 23 July - World Whale and Dolphin Day (International Whaling Commission — IWC)
Sunday 30 July - National Tree Planting Day in Australia (celebrated on last Sunday in July)
Monday 31 July - World Ranger Day (International Ranger Federation)

August 2023

Thursday 10 August - International Biodiesel Day (The day also honours the research experiments by Sir Rudolf Diesel who ran an engine with peanut oil in the year of 1893); World Lion Day
Saturday 12 August - World Elephant Day (Conceived in 2011 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures, and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand, it was officially founded, supported and launched by Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation on August 12, 2012)
Saturday 19 August - World Orangutan Day; National Honey Bee Day in USA (Held on the third Saturday of August)
Tuesday 22 August - Ecological Debt Day (It started in 1987... The New Economics Foundation calculates the calendar day of Ecological Debt Day by using the following formula: [world biocapacity/world ecological footprint] x 365)

September 2023

Sunday 10 September - International Crane Day (Celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in September)
Friday 15 September - Greenpeace Birthday (an international independent non-governmental environmental organization established in 1971 in Canada)
Saturday 23 September - National Public Lands Day in USA (Held on the fourth Saturday in September); European Mushroom Day (Celebrated on the fourth Saturday of September); International Rabbit Day (Held on the fourth Saturday in September); Autumnal Equinox Day
Sunday 24 September - World Rivers Day (last Sunday of September)
Wednesday 27 September - National Crush Day in USA (It’s a reminder that recycling reduces carbon emissions, saves money, and cuts down on waste. National Crush Day is an opportunity for those who care about the environment to advocate for recycling); World Tourism Day

October 2023

Sunday 1 October - Junk Mail Awareness Week (Junk mail isn't just annoying. Take a day to think about that and maybe take some action - sign up for Do Not Mail lists, or post a note on your mailbox declaring it a junk mail-free zone); Change A Light Day (First Sunday of October); Ohio Forest Products Awareness Week; World Vegetarian Day and International Vegetarian Week
Saturday 14 October - Fall World Migratory Bird Day (Held on the second Saturday of May and October with the support of the United Nations Environment Program - UNEP); World Environmental Education Day (established in 1991); Wildlife Workers Day in Russia (unofficial professional holiday)
Thursday 19 October - International ShakeOut Day (Drop, Cover and Hold On! If nothing else, remember to take those three steps if and when an earthquake strikes)
Wednesday 25 October - Sustainability Day (The goal is to be able to take care of the planet for a very long time. Held on the fourth Wednesday in October)

November 2023

Friday 3 November - Arbor Day in Samoa (Celebrated on the first Friday in November)
Wednesday 15 November - National Tree Planting Day in Sri Lanka; America Recycles Day or National Recycling Day (The national recycling rate has increased over the past 30 years. The current recycling rate is 34%); World Recycling Day or Trash Sorting Day; GIS Day

December 2023

Friday 8 December - World Climate Day (initiated by several environmental associations of France and Belgium)
Monday 11 December - National Tree Planting Day in Malawi (Date for 2023; celebrated on the second Monday in December); International Mountain Day

January 2024

Wednesday 10 January - Houseplant Appreciation Day (was established by The Gardener’s Network, establishing an official opportunity to remind people of the benefits of houseplants. Having plants in your home or office can do a great deal to lift your mood and improve your quality of life. For example, a 2009 study showed that the scent of lavender can effectively lower pulse rates in stressful situations)
Monday 22 January - Big Energy Saving Week in UK (Spent from Monday of the last full week of January)
Wednesday 24 January - Tu Bishvat (the fifteenth day of Shevat. The New Year for trees or ט"וּ בִּשְׁבָט)

February 2024

Wednesday 7 February - Ice Music Festival in Finse, Norway (They claim to be “the coolest outdoor experience” — and they’re probably right)

March 2024

Tuesday 5 March - Tree Planting Day in Iran; World Energy Efficiency Day (This international event takes place in order to raise awareness of the rational use of energy)
Friday 15 March - Buzzards Day (Buzzards are another word for turkey vultures, a species of vulture protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918); School energy conservation day in Ohio
Monday 18 March - National Biodiesel Day in USA; Global Recycling Day (first emerged in 2018 under the auspices of the Global Recycling Foundation)
Monday 25 March - Crane Day in Sweden (Swedish Trandagen)

How to celebrate green holidays

There are many ways to celebrate green holidays. Some do it with demonstrations and posters, which is good, but the best way to do it is to try to live our lives as sustainably as possible on a daily basis. There are many things we can do to help make the world safer for future generations.
Here are some tips to reduce your carbon footprint and be eco-friendly every day:
  • Buy a hybrid car or make the journey by foot, bike or public transport as often as you can
  • Limit meat consumption whenever possible and don’t waste food
  • Use reusable shopping bags every time you go shopping
  • Switch to eco-friendly home cleaning products
  • Try to cut out plastic and recycle everything
  • Use LED light bulbs and insulate your home to conserve energy
  • Add solar panels to your roof
  • Plant some trees
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