Although the days like Valentine’s Day, Friendship’s Day, Mother’s day, Women’s day, etc. are cliché, there’s much that goes around it. Similarly, the days that are around sustainability also have a lot of significance that goes unnoticed. Let’s start with the list of sustainability days celebrated internationally & nationally.
- 2nd February - World Wetland Day
- 3rd March – World Wildlife Day
- 21st March - World Forestry Day
- 22nd March - World Water Day
- 22nd April - World Earth Day
- 5th June - World Environment Day
- 8th June – World Oceans Day
- Whole Month – Plastic-Free July
- 16th September – World Ozone Day
- 19th September – World Cleanup Day
- 28th September – Green Consumer Day
- 3rd October – World Habitat Day
- 1st to 7th October – World Habitat Week
- 14th December – National Energy Conservation Day
Just a handful of days picked up to list here. A lot many days are observed or rather celebrated. The celebrations are different for these days. They are celebrated in a way that generates awareness. Awareness is the main purpose of observing such days around the world. Like, World Earth Day’s purpose is to raise awareness of the need to protect the Earth & its natural resources!
Now, let’s pick up a few days which have gained more awareness throughout the years. And we’ll talk about the importance & work done around it.
World Earth Day - 22nd April
Celebrated on 22nd April Worldwide, World Earth Day was first celebrated in the year 1970 in the US. The first Earth Day remains the largest single-day protest in human history where 20 million people poured out on the streets. And on 22nd April 2016, more than 120 countries signed the landmark Paris Agreement on the climate change crisis.
It has been more than 50 years of 22nd April, World Earth Day & there have been numerous campaigns to spread awareness. Awareness about whatever is harming the Earth. Governments, organizations & initiatives over the world are conducting walks, talks, sessions, etc. to protect the planet from pollution & deforestation. Activities like cleanup drives & tree plantation drives are carried out to spread this awareness.
World Environment Day - 5th June
Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and held annually on 5 June since 1973, World Environment Day is the largest global platform for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of people across the world.
World Environment Day has helped UNEP to raise awareness and generate political momentum around growing concerns, such as the depletion of the ozone layer, toxic chemicals, desertification, and global warming. The Day has developed into a global platform for taking action on urgent environmental issues. Millions of people have taken part over the years, helping drive change in our consumption habits, as well as in national and international environmental policy.
World Oceans Day - 8th June
To raise awareness about the role the United Nations and international law can play in the sustainable development and use of the oceans and their living and non-living resources, the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea is actively coordinating different activities for World Oceans Day which is observed on 5th December every year.
National Energy Conservation Day - 14th December
National Energy Conservation Day observed on 14th December of every year is organized by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency aiming to present India’s achievements in cost-efficient energy production & resource conservation.
The day aims to generate awareness among the masses in India about the importance of saving energy.
How can we contribute as a community?
- Arrange awareness talks
- Spread awareness through every available channel
- Initiate in taking the right actions towards a greener life
- Educate & encourage your members take actions towards a sustainable environment
- Think differently for your routine usage of everything
How can we contribute as an individual?
- Switch off electronics when they are not in use
- Close the taps right
- Don’t waste resources!
- Turn your vehicle engines off when not necessary
- Don’t trash beaches, specifically
- Educate & update ourselves often about environment-friendly behavior
- Include kids at a young age in greener practices so that they can learn young
There are multiple purposes for each of these days but the core is to save #OnlyOneEarth!