Environmental calender

February

February 2 World Wetland Day - On this day, in 1971, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance was signed. Wetlands are a very important part of our biodiversity and it is essential to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits and promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

February 28 National Science Day – This day is to mark the discovery of Raman effect. The event is commemorated in honour of Sir CV Raman for his legacy and discovery of the Raman effect on February 28, 1928.

March 

March 21 World Forestry Day - World Forestry Day is celebrated around the world on 21 March, the day of the autumn equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. This day commemorates the contribution and value of forests and forestry to the community. Activities such as the planting of trees and highlighting the urgency to increase the green cover are taken up.

March 22 World Water Day - The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The decision to celebrate this day has been taken recently as drinking water sources are fast depleting. The world must wake up to the problem and begin conserving it.

March 23 World Meteorological DayEach year, on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization, its 189 Members and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day around a chosen theme. This day commemorates the entry into force, on that date in 1950, of the WMO Convention creating the Organization. It has to be reminded that weather is an integral part of the environment.

April 

April 7 World Health DayThe World Health Organisation (WHO) was constituted on this day in 1948. In the changing environment around us health is becoming an important issue.

April 18 World Heritage Day - It is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, more commonly known as World Heritage Day. World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. Protecting and preserving this valuable asset valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.

April 22 Earth Day - In 1970 a group of people in the United States of America got together to draw the attention of the world to the problems being caused to the earth due to modernisation. Since then this day has been celebrated all over the world as Earth Day.

May 

May 8 - 9 World Migratory Bird Day:  World Migratory Bird Day was initiated in 2006 by the Secretariat of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). This day helps turn the world's attention to the wonders of bird migration and the need for their conservation on a concentrated and global scale each year.
May 22 International Day for Biological Diversity: UN Proclaimed this day to increase awareness about biodiversity issues to commemorate the adoption of CBD text on 22 May, 1992.

May 31 Anti Tobacco Day - The world is now aware of the problems faced by not only the smokers but also the people who inhale the smoke. You can take up an anti smoking campaign in your family or the neighbourhood.

June

June 5 World Environment Day - On this day, in 1972, the Stockholm Conference on Human Environment was held in Sweden. There was a large gathering from all over the world and people expressed their concerns for the increasing environmental problems.

July

July First week - Van Mahotsava - 
The tree planting festival was started in the year 1950 in India to create an enthusiasm in the minds of the people for the conservation of forests and planting of trees to create tree consciousness among the people.

July 11 World Population Day- World Population Day was instituted in 1989 as an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, marked on July 11, 1987. The UN authorized the event as a vehicle to build an awareness of population issues and the impact they have on development and the environment.

August 

August 9 -International Day for World Indigenous People: This day is observed to promote and protect the rights of indigenous people and recognise their contribution towards environmental protection. 

August 12 -International Youth Day: The United Nations’ (UN) International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognize efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.

September 

September 16 World Ozone Day-The United Nations declared this day as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. It is the day the Montreal Protocol was signed.

September 16 – 18 - Clean up the world weekend: This campaign held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment programme, mobilises over 30 million volunteers from more than 100 countries annually to clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment. It encourages practical ways to create greener places and communities, for example activities that will reduce waste, decrease litter, conserve energy, protect precious water and energy resources, and encourage sustainable development.

September 28 Green Consumer Day - The problems of consumerism and its impact on the environment is an area of major concern in today’s world. Awareness building on the importance of recycling-reusing-reducing should be taken up seriously.

October

October 3 World Habitat Day-The earth is the habitat of not only human beings but also all living creatures. Increasing human activities is threatening the habitat of other living things.

October 1-7 World Wildlife Week -Celebrate this week by building awareness on the importance of preservation of our wildlife.

October 4 World Animal Welfare Day-The welfare of animals has to be looked into and given due importance.

October 13 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction - Due to a change in the environment there has been an increase in the number of natural disasters. Efforts have to be taken to reduce these disasters.

October 16 World Food Day: It marks the date of the founding of FAO in 1945. The aim of the Day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. 

October 17 International Day for the eradication of Poverty: The day presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.

November 

November 14 Children’s Day in India- Children can work together for a better tomorrow by improving the environment around them.

December 

December 2 Bhopal Tragedy Day- Mark this occasion by taking a pledge to put in your best efforts to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.

December 5 International Volunteer Day: It is observed to heighten awareness of the important contribution of volunteer service, thereby stimulating more people in all walks of life to offer their services as volunteers

December 11 International Mountain Day: This day is an opportunity to create 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.