Saturday, March 13, 2010

Calendar of Global Environmental Events - Fall 2010

September

World Carfree Day - (September 22): People from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighborhood blocks to remind the world that we don't have to accept our car-dominated society. The day is a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars, 365 days a year. The day also encourages city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile. Many events take place all around the world.

October

World Animal Day - (October 4): This day is a celebration of animal life in all its forms and humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom. Originally focused on endangered species, the day now seeks to acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives.

World Habitat Day - (October 4): This day offers an opportunity to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat. In both developed and developing countries, cities and towns are increasingly feeling the effects of climate change, resource depletion, food insecurity, population growth and economic instability. This is why urban planning needs to be given a fresh focus starting on World Habitat Day. We know the problems, but we need to share the best solutions as efficiently and widely as possible by planning better and more sensitively for ourselves and our environment.

10/10/10 Global Work Party - (October 10): The 350.org event, 10/10/10: The Global Work Party for Climate Justice, takes place on October 10, 2010. On this day thousands of environmentally oriented events will take place around the world. Organizers are calling it "A Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions--working together in our communities on projects that can cut carbon and build a clean energy future."

World Food Day - (October 16): This day reminds the world that there is a crisis is stalking the small-scale farms and rural areas of the world, where 70 percent of the world's hungry live and work. With an estimated increase of 105 million hungry people in 2009, there are now 1.02 billion malnourished people in the world, meaning that almost one sixth of all humanity is suffering from hunger. The day is meant to raise awareness about the need for public and private investments.


November

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict - (Novemeber 6). This day is meant to draw attention to the damage to the environment in times of armed conflict. The damage impairs ecosystems and natural resources long after the period of conflict, often extending beyond the limits of national territories and the present generation. The day also recalls the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which emphasized the necessity of working to protect our common environment.

World Fisheries Day - (November 21): World Fisheries day is celebrated every year on November 21 throughout the world by the fisherfolk communities. Fishing communities worldwide celebrate this day through a variety of events meant to highlight the importance of maintaining the world's fisheries. The World Fisheries Day helps in highlighting the critical importance to human lives, of water and the lives it sustains, both in and out of water. This day seeks to address dwindling fish stock by finding solutions to the increasingly inter-connected problems we are facing, and in the longer term, to sustainable means of maintaining fish stocks. World Fisheries Day celebrations serve as an important reminder that we must focus on changing the way the world manages global fisheries to ensure sustainable stocks and healthy oceans ecosystems.

December

Global Day of Action - (December 4): The day is timed to coincide with the United Nations Talks on climate change(COP16/MOP6) in Cancun, Mexico. The Global Day of Action on climate 2009 was a huge success with marches, demonstrations and protests taking place around the world. The purpose of this day is meant to demand action to address the threats we face from the catastrophic destabilization of global climate. In 2010 these synchronised demonstrations will take place around the world to call on world leaders to take urgent action on climate change.

International Mountain Day - (December 11): This day is an opportunity to foster awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands. and more sensitively for ourselves and our environment.
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