Environmental Holidays

Whether walking past a towering redwood or hanging on a relaxing beach, we all should take a moment to appreciate the environment. At National Today, we love celebrating our 22 environmental holidays.

Jan. 10National Houseplant Appreciation DayActivities, EnvironmentalU.S.
Jan. 28National Daisy DayEnvironmentalU.S.
Mar. 3World Wildlife DayEnvironmentalWorld
Mar. 18National Biodiesel DayCause, Environmental, TechnologyU.S.
Mar. 21International Day of ForestsEnvironmentalWorld
Mar. 22World Water DayEnvironmentalWorld
Apr. 22Earth DayEnvironmentalWorld
Apr. 28Arbor DayEnvironmentalU.S.
May 10National Clean Your Room DayEnvironmentalU.S.
May 10World Migratory Bird DayEnvironmentalWorld
May 19National Endangered Species DayEnvironmentalU.S.
May 22International Day for Biological DiversityEnvironmentalWorld
May 29Learn About Composting DayEnvironmentalU.S.
Jun. 5World Environment DayEnvironmentalWorld
Jun. 20National American Eagle DayEnvironmentalU.S.
Nov. 4Daylight Savings DayEnvironmentalWorld
Dec. 11International Mountain DayEnvironmentalWorld
Dec. 14National Monkey DayEnvironmentalU.S.
Dec. 21Winter SolsticeEnvironmentalWorld
AprilNational Garden MonthActivities, Environmental, HealthU.S.
JulyClean Beaches WeekEnvironmentalU.S.
JulyNational Moth WeekEnvironmentalU.S.

Where did environmental holidays come from?

Environmental holidays started springing up in the late 1960s. Before the sixties, environmentalists weren't sure how they could raise mass public awareness for their ideals. But everything changed after a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969.

Inspired by the student protests against the Vietnam War, Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, realized he needed to create that same spirit of energy around the environment. And if he did, he could use his power as a senator to force it on to the national agenda. So he created Earth Day (Apr. 22) as one of the first national days that brought attention to the environment.

By the end of that year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created, and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts were all passed. Inspired by events like these, other environmental organizers started creating their own holidays to draw attention to their special causes.

Submit your favorite environmental holidays

Are we missing your favorite environmental holiday? Head to our holiday submission page and let us know! Make sure you've compiled a bit of information about your holiday before you submit. Is it celebrated widely? Does it have a track record of media coverage? Let us know about any environmental holidays we should add!

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