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 30 environmental holidays.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Jan. 10

National Houseplant Appreciation DayEnvironmental, FunU.S.

Jan. 28

National Daisy DayEnvironmentalU.S.

Mar. 3

World Wildlife DayEnvironmentalWorld

Mar. 18

National Biodiesel DayCause, Environmental, TechnologyU.S.

Mar. 20

Spring EquinoxEnvironmentalWorld

Mar. 21

International Day of ForestsEnvironmental, InternationalWorld

Mar. 22

World Water DayEnvironmentalWorld

Apr. 22

Earth DayEnvironmental, InternationalWorld

Apr. 28

Arbor DayEnvironmentalU.S.

May 10

National Clean Your Room DayEnvironmentalU.S.

May 12

World Migratory Bird DayEnvironmentalWorld

May 19

National Endangered Species DayEnvironmentalU.S.

May 22

International Day for Biological DiversityEnvironmental, InternationalWorld

May 29

Learn About Composting DayEnvironmentalU.S.

Jun. 5

World Environment DayEnvironmentalWorld

Jun. 20

National American Eagle DayEnvironmentalU.S.

Jun. 21

National Aboriginal DayEnvironmental, InternationalCanada

Jun. 21

Summer SolsticeEnvironmentalWorld

Sep. 4

​National Wildlife DayEnvironmentalU.S.

Sep. 22

First Day of FallEnvironmentalU.S.

Sep. 22

National Elephant Appreciation DayEnvironmentalU.S.

Sep. 22

National Public Lands DayEnvironmentalU.S.

Sep. 27

National Crush DayEnvironmentalU.S.

Nov. 4

Daylight Savings DayEnvironmentalWorld

Dec. 11

International Mountain DayEnvironmental, InternationalWorld

Dec. 14

National Monkey DayEnvironmentalU.S.

Dec. 21

Winter SolsticeEnvironmentalWorld

April

National Garden MonthEnvironmental, Fun, HealthU.S.

July

Clean Beaches WeekEnvironmentalU.S.

July

National 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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