While there are plenty of Green holidays year-round, September is particularly full of special days that aim to bring awareness to environmental conservation and preservation, wildlife, heat awareness, and more. It is true that you should focus on creating a more eco-friendly lifestyle, but if you’re looking for a place to start…or just to add a bit of fun to the mix, we have a list of some of the Green holidays occurring throughout the month of September:
SEPTEMBER GREEN HOLIDAYS
National Wildlife Day: September 4th– National Wildlife Day (Feb. 22nd & September 4th) was founded in 2005 by animal behaviorist and philanthropist Colleen Paige, serves to bring awareness of endangered animals nationally as well as globally, that need to be preserved and rescued from their demise each year, but also to acknowledge zoos and outstanding animal sanctuaries globally for everything they do to help preserve this planet’s animals and educate the public about conservation – especially to children….our animal’s future caretakers and conservationists. For more information, you can visit the official National Wildlife Day website.
International Day of Clean Air: September 7th– Established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Day of Clean Air raises awareness and facilitates actions to improve air quality. For more information, you can visit the official UNEP website.
National Cleanup Day: September 19th– National Cleanup Day, in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful and, and the Earth Day Network, work with grassroots organizations and community members to clean up green spaces, urban landscapes, and waterways across the United States. The goal of the day is to make a tangible impact on waste in the environment. For more information, you can visit the official website.
Zero Emissions Day: September 21st– Zero Emissions Day was designed to give the world a break from fossil fuels and to raise awareness about the harm caused by carbon emissions. The first official event was held in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2008.
World Car-Free Day: September 22nd– Another holiday created by the United Nations Environmental Programme, World Car-Free day encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day. The event highlights the numerous benefits of going car-free to citizens—including reduced air pollution and the promotion of walking and cycling in a safer environment. For more information, you can visit the official UNEP website.
National Public Lands Day: September 26th– Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. NPLD is also a “Fee-Free Day”—entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands. For more information, you can visit the National Environmental Education Foundation website.
National Crush Day: September 27th– No this isn’t about that person you like, but National Crush Day is a day dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of recycling. Of course, the main thing that you can recycle is cans!
World Rivers Day: The last Sunday in September– World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world. For more information, you can visit the official website.
Are you ready for September? We are! School is back in session, and we’re hoping it begins to cool down here in Southern California, but that may be a bit of wishful thinking.