Environmental Holidays

Discover fun and interesting holidays that are related to enjoying and preserving the environment!

Earth Day – April 22

The first Earth Day was a "teach-in" focused on engaging thousands of students on a sunny, spring day in 1970 to help address the environmental crises of the day. Today, International Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd and is a global day of action, celebrated in over 190 countries, raising awareness of ideas to support a happy and healthy planet.

Arbor Day – April 28

The earliest American Arbor Day took place toward the start of the 1870s — right around the time when Yellowstone, our nation's first national park, was designated — and in the decades following, many nations around the world followed suit. Today, Arbor Day is celebrated in dozens of nations around the world, which serves as a testament to humanity's endearment toward nature. In the U.S., it falls on the last Friday in April, which, in 2016, is on April 29th!

World Migratory Bird Day – May 10

Time to un-ruffle your feathers, folks, because May 10 is World Migratory Bird Day! At least four thousand different species of bird migrate, which adds up to about 40% of the entire avian population. And they all do it in pursuit of food.

National Endangered Species Day – May 19

Animal lovers and conservationists unite, because May 19 is National Endangered Species Day. This is a day for raising awareness of the dwindling populations of certain animals and to work together to stop them from dying out completely. While environmental conservation was not a priority for most of human history, that began to change in the mid-19th century. One hundred years later, the first legislation was passed in the United States in an effort to conserve endangered species. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was aimed at enforcing both domestic and international conservation by providing a framework for conserving and protecting endangered and threatened species and their habitats. Today, there are some who are critical of human efforts to make the world more habitable for endangered animals. They argue that natural selection should have the only say in deciding which species live and die—since natural selection is the reason why there are no dinosaurs anymore, as well as why humans have become the creatures they are today. While that is true to a certain extent, human beings have an unprecedented and as-yet unequalled effect on the planet, which can have negative consequences on the lives of other animals. Natural selection can take its effects, but humans should not have ultimate authority over which animals live and die.

International Day for Biological Diversity – May 22

If you’re looking for a day to show your love for our planet, why not celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22? This is a day dedicated to making sure that Earth remains a place where all creatures—no matter what environment they depend on—can not only survive, but also thrive.

Learn About Composting Day – May 29

Get out your gardening gloves, May 29 is National Learn About Composting Day! Compost can be made from kitchen scraps, lawn clippings, newspapers, leaves wood chips, coffee grinds…almost any food products except for processed foods (no Twinkies in the compost) and meat or fish products. Composting saves resources, and because of its high nutrient content, it adds to soil stability and reduces soil disease. It will help your garden grow lush and promote healthy growth in seedlings and plants. It’s for all these reasons gardeners call compost “black gold.”
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