Environmental Calendar

2 February: World Wetlands Day

Caring for Wetlands – an answer to Climate Change

22 March: World Water Day

UN-Water has chosen ''Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge" as theme for World Water Day 2011. The international day is being hosted by the city of Cape Town this year in collaboration with UN-Water, the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW), The United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).

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19-25 March: National Water Week

Water week promotes awareness of water conservation and efficient use of this scarce natural resource.

23 March: World Meteorological Day
Purpose: Focus attention on the important role that meteorology and meteorological services play in the general welfare of mankind. This year the theme is "Climate for you"


27 March: Earth Hour

It's time to go beyond the hour.  The objective is to get communities involved in the simple act of turning off the lights, to make a difference to global warming. And this year, the call is to think what you can change in your daily life that will benefit the planet. 

 22 April: Earth day - Mobilize the East - 1 billion people - 192 Countries

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth™. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. Together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part.

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3-9 May: National Bird Week

Birds are excellent flagships and important environmental indicators. By focusing on birds, the sites and habitats on which they depend, BirdLife South Africa is working to improve the quality of life for birds, for other wildlife, and for people in Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and the surrounds. The Barn Swallow is the Bird of the Year 2011. 

 22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity

Marine Biodiversity is the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). Designation of IDB 2012 on the theme of marine ecosystems provides Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and everyone interested in marine life, the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue and increase practical action.

See www.cbd.int/idb

 31 May: World No Tobacco Day

The aim of the day is to encourage a move towards a smoke-free society.

 5 June: World Environment Day

Green Economy: Does it include you?
The 2012 theme for World Environment Day is Green Economy: Does it include you? Evidently, there are two parts to this theme and the first tackles the subject of the Green Economy. This is where some people shut off their minds because they find the concept of the Green Economy a little too complex to understand.
On the contrary, the Green Economy is really something that is applicable all around you and it is easy to imagine how you fit in it. Visit the ‘What is the Green Economy?’ page to read a layman’s narrative of this concept.

8 June: World Oceans Day

We can help make others more aware of the importance of the world's oceans in their daily lives by showing them ways to improve their impact on the ocean by, for example, reducing CO2 emissions. In joining with thousands of people all over the world in celebrating World Oceans Day, we can make a real difference for our oceans of life


17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification

Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere

1 September: National Arbour Day

1 - 7 September: National Arbour Week

Promote the planting and maintenance of indigenous trees in South Africa.

5-11 September: World Water Week

Theme: The Water Quality Challenge - Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement

16 September: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

18 September: World Water Monitoring Day™

World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.


18 September: International Coastal Clean-up Day

Clean up, fix up and conserve the local environment.  See more at www.cleanuptheworld.org.

22 September: World Car Free Day

Put the heat on the city planners and politicians to develop an effective public transport system - and take the heat off the planet!

24 September: Heritage Day – South Africa

Purpose: Focus attention on the importance of South Africa's natural and cultural heritage

September 27: World Tourism Day

The day aims to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.

2 October: World Farm Animals Day

Bring awareness to the farm animals and encourage humane treatment of these animals.  The date honrous the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, a champion of humane sustainable farming.

4-8 October: Weedbuster Week

Focus on creating public understanding of the negative impacts of invasive plant species and weeds.

5 October: World Habitat Day

A day designated to reflect on the state of human settlements.

11-15 October: National Marine Week

The aim of National Marine Week is to create awareness of the marine and coastal environment and the benefits that coasts, oceans and the resources provide.

16 October: World Food Day

The aim of the World Food Day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

8-19 November: United Nations Climate Change Conference

5 December: International Volunteer Day

A day to celebrate the contributions and the people who volunteer for various causes and communities.

9 December: International Anti-Corruption Day

The aim of the anti-corruption communication campaign is to support a positive and pro-active stance against corruption.

11 December: International Mountain Day

The year 2002 was the International Year of Mountains. As this year drew to a close, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed December 11 to be International Mountain Day. This observance aims to draw attention to the important roles that mountainous regions play in water and food supply.


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