Happy (Insert Environmental Issue Here) Day!

April marks the big month for environmental holidays. With two heavy hitters at the end of the month (Earth Day and Arbor Day), tons of community and national events are planned to celebrate and bring awareness to environmental issues. But come to think of it, ENN was bombarded this past month with news articles for eco-celebrations with days like World Water Day, World Meteorological Day, and even Earth Hour which all took place in the third week of March. These “holidays” have got me thinking about all the different days we celebrate throughout the year. From religious celebrations, to federal holidays and cultural festivities, holidays give us a chance to get together with friends and family and celebrate these special days.

Environmental holidays on the other hand are usually created by organizations that promote these days in an effort to bring awareness to certain causes (despite how obscure some may be). Not only are these days worth recognizing and celebrating, but they also can bring some excitement to the monotonous weeks that go by in-between major and well-known holidays.

As a result, I scoured the Internet to come up with an extensive list of environmental holidays in order to help us celebrate a green year.

January 5: National Bird Day

February 2: World Wetland’s Day

March 18: National Biodiesel Day

March 21: World Forestry Day

March 22: World Water Day

March 23: World Meteorological Day

Last Saturday in March: Earth Hour

April 22: Earth Day

Last Friday in April: Arbor Day

May 10: National Public Gardening Day

2nd Saturday in May: International Migratory Bird Day

May 18: Plant Conservation Day

May 21: Endangered Species Day

May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity

1st Saturday in June: National Trails Day

June 5: World Environment Day

June 8: World Ocean’s Day

June 15: Global Wind Day

June 17: UN World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

July 11: World Population Day

September 4: National Wildlife Day

September 22: World Car-Free Day

1st Week in October: Junk Mail Awareness Week

October 1: World Vegetarian Day

October 4: World Animal Day

November 1: World Vegan Day

November 15: America Recycles Day

December 11: International Mountain Day

Did we miss anything? Do you know of an environmental holiday we should add? Comment below and we’ll update the list!

Feel free to add these special days to your calendar, but don’t forget-just because it isn’t an environmental holiday doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Earth Day, everyday!

Calendar image via Shutterstock.

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