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Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa

John W. Wilson
Richard B. Primack

Appendix D


Environmental Calendar

Several decades ago, the UN initiated a global outreach effort to mark the anniversary dates of key environmental treaties as an opportunity for us to pause and reflect on the natural environment’s importance in our lives. Following this example, some environmental organisations has started devoting additional days to celebrate environmental issues not pertinently covered by UN treaties. Perhaps the most well-known being WWF’s Earth Hour, held every year or 29 March, during which businesses and the public turn off non-essential lights for one hour, from 8: 30–9: 30pm, as a symbol of their commitment to the environment. These celebrations have become an important tool to help raise public awareness of the plight of the natural world, and many organisations are taking actions to promote environmental issues through newspaper articles, radio interviews, festivals, important announcements, seminars, and guided walks. Below is a list of some prominent celebrations in the annual environmental calendar. You, your friends, and your organisation may celebrate only some of these days, or all of them; it’s all up to personal choices.

Celebration Date Inaugural year
International Zebra Day 31 January 2016
World Wetlands Day 2 February 1997
World Pangolin Day Third Saturday in February 2012
*World Wildlife Day 3 March 2014
International Day of Action for Rivers 14 March 1997
World Frog Day 20 March 2014?
*International Day of Forests 21 March 2013
*World Water Day 22 March 1993
Earth Hour 29 March 2008
Earth Day 22 April 1970
World Penguin Day 25 April Unclear
*World Migratory Bird Day Second Saturday in May 2006
*International Day for Biological Diversity 22 May 2000
World Turtle Day 23 May 2000
*World Environmental Day 5 June 1974
*World Oceans Day 8 June 1992
World Sea Turtle Day 16 June 2005
*World Day to Combat Desertification and
17 June 1995
World Albatross Day 19 June 2020
World Giraffe Day 21 June 2014
*World Population Day 11 July 1989
World Chimpanzee Day 14 July 2018
World Snake Day 16 July 2013
World Ranger Day 31 July 2007
World Lion Day 10 August 2013
World Elephant Day 12 August 2012
World Lizard Day 14 August Unclear
International Vulture Awareness Day First Saturday in Sept. 2009
*International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 16 September 1995
World Rhino Day 22 September 2010
World Gorilla Day 24 September 2017
World Environmental Health Day 26 September 2011
World Animal Day 4 October 1925
*International Day for Preventing the
Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
6 November 2002
World Fisheries Day 21 November 1998
International Cheetah Day 4 December 2011
*World Soil Day 5 December 2014
*International Mountain Day 11 December 2003

*Officially celebrated by the UN


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