Who knew that there were so many dates related to making our world a better place? If, like me, you need something to look forward to, or you have had enough of dreading deadlines, here are some interesting dates to add to your calendar.
5th June 2019 – World Environment Day
The UN have designated this day to create awareness of the importance of protecting and improving human environments. This day focuses mainly on society’s well-being and economic development. The foundations of this day are to enlighten individuals, enterprises and communities on how to preserve and better their surrounding environments.
This has been a celebrated day in over 100 countries since it began in 1974. To date it is the largest event for positive environment action. Last year’s event was held in India with the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, this year’s event is being held in china with the theme of ‘Air Pollution’ and the slogan;
‘We can’t stop breathing, but we can do something about the quality of air that we breathe’
8th June 2019 – World Oceans Day
This year will be the 10-year anniversary of World Oceans Day. This day is seen as an opportunity to promote worldwide understanding of the challenges faced by the global community with relevance to our oceans.
We will be down at Weymouth beach taking part in the global beach clean. This event will be hosted by the SEA LIFE Trust, who have described this as their biggest clean-up mission yet; a 24-hour beach clean being hosted by 50 different countries.
With events being held all over the world visit www.worldoceansday.org to sign up to an event near you.
9th June 2019 – Coral Triangle Day
Coral reefs can be described as “the rainforests of the sea”. The Coral Triangle spans across 6 countries including the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia and is approximately half the size of the USA. It is known as the Underwater Amazon and contains over 500 species of coral per ecoregion.
However, the WWF has warned that without sufficient action on climate change, coral reefs in the Coral Triangle will disappear by 2100, the ability of the region’s coastal environments to feed people will decline by 80%, and the livelihoods of around 100 million people will have been lost or severely impacted. That is only 81 years! Many people alive on this planet today will watch this happen if no changes are made.
The purpose of Coral Triangle Day is to raise awareness globally, as well as locally. This day is held every year with many events spanning across the shores of these reefs with activities such as beach cleanups and mangrove planting. However, more need to happen on a global level to help save these reefs and the people that live off them.
16th June 2019 – World Sea Turtle Day
Sea turtles date back to the time of the dinosaurs and yet today almost every species of sea turtle is endangered. This is due to many factors, including climate change, ocean plastic, hunting and the illegal pet trade.
On the 16th June, schools across the world will spend the day learning about sea turtles, dressing up as sea creatures and learning the importance of protecting the ocean and all of its inhabitants. Learning these lessons from a young age means that when people are old enough to be fully responsible for their own actions they won’t have to adapt to caring for the planet as they will already know how.
Many children are now being born into a fragile planet and won’t know anything no different. It is our job to teach them. Many companies promote dressing up in something green to create awareness. If your place of work doesn’t do this, find out why. Because Sea turtles are important!!!
7th October 2019 – World Habitat Day
Another event created by the UN is World Habitat Day. This day is held on the first Monday of October every year.
The idea behind this day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to have adequate shelter. We all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.
Unfortunately, an important date has already passed. National Bee Day (20th May). We at Sustainable Shoppers think it is vital to look after the bees, so look out for a future post on how to create a perfect garden for them to thrive in.
Let us know if we have missed a day off this list that you think needs recognition! If you do join in on any of these dates, take a picture and tag us on Instagram (@SustainableShoppers); we would love to see what you are all doing.