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World Penguin Day

World Penguin Day, celebrated on April 25, more or less coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins. Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, especially in Antarctica.

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World Penguin Day
Apr 25

World Penguin Day

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World Penguin Day, celebrated on April 25, more or less coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins. Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, especially in Antarctica.

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Save the Frogs Day
Apr 29

Save the Frogs Day

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Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. On this day we encourage the appreciation and celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life. Only a small proportion of the public is aware that frogs are disappearing, and amphibian conservation efforts will not be successful with an un-informed public. Our goal is to make the amphibian extinction crisis common knowledge, and Save The Frogs Day is our best way to make this happen!

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World Migratory Bird Day
May 10

World Migratory Bird Day

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World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Each year, on the second weekend in May, people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD. However, countries or regions observing the peak of migrations at other times of the year are encouraged to celebrate WMBD when it is most appropriate for them.

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International Day for Biological Diversity
May 22

International Day for Biological Diversity

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The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

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World Turtle Day
May 23

World Turtle Day

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The purpose of World Turtle Day, May 23, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.World Turtle Day is celebrated around the globe in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. Turtle Day lesson plans and craft projects encourage teaching about turtles in classrooms.

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World Environment Day
Jun 05

World Environment Day

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World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.Above all, WED serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.Each WED is organized around a theme … Read More

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World Oceans Day
Jun 08

World Oceans Day

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A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honour, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. Oceans are very important: They generate most of the oxygen we breathe They help feed us They regulate our climate They clean the water we drink They offer a pharmacopoeia of medicines They provide limitless inspiration! Now each of us can give backParticipate in a World Oceans Day event or activity this year and help protect the ocean for the future! It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our … Read More

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Global Wind Day
Jun 15

Global Wind Day

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Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth.Today, wind energy is a mature and mainstream technology and one of the fastest growing industrial sectors in the world with over $100 billion invested in 2015.In the EU alone, the wind industry installed more than gas and coal combined last year with enough cumulative installed capacity to meet 11.4% of the region’s electricity consumption, equivalent to powering 87 million households.Global … Read More

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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
Jun 17

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

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In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.The World Day to Combat Desertification is a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, and that key tools to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation at all levels.

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International Tiger Day
Jul 29

International Tiger Day

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International Tiger Day is held annualy on July 29 to give worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers. It is both an awareness day as a celebration. It was founded at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010. This was done because at that moment wild tigers were too close to extinction. Many animal welfare organisations pledged to help these wonderful creatures and are still helping to raise funds to reach this goal. The goal of Tiger Day is to promote the protection and expansion of the wilde tigers habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation.

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World Lion Day
Aug 10

World Lion Day

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World Lion Day is the first global campaign to celebrate the importance of the lion worldwide. Since the dawn of man the lion has played an integral role in our lives: symbolically, religiously, culturally, economically and biologically. To lose the lion from our world would be to lose part of our global heritage.Wherever you may be, join us on August 10th  to celebrate the lion, create much needed conservation awareness and help us save the King of Beasts and his kingdom.

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World Elephant Day
Aug 12

World Elephant Day

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On August 12 World Elephant Day asks you to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face.The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organizations are focusing on around the world.World Elephant Day asks you to experience elephants in non-exploitive … Read More

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International Vulture Awareness Day
Sep 01

International Vulture Awareness Day

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Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction.The International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness Days run by the Birds of Prey Programme in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England, who decided to work together and expand the initiative into an international event.It is now recognised that a co-ordinated international day will publicise the conservation of vultures to a wider audience and highlight the important work being carried out by … Read More

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National Arbor Week
Sep 01

National Arbor Week

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Arbor Week is a national campaign initiated to celebrate South Africa’s trees and to raise awareness about their importance. South Africa celebrates Arbor Week annually in the first week of September.

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International Coastal Cleanup Day
Sep 15

International Coastal Cleanup Day

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Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies.Join the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean and waterways by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup.

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World Rhino Day
Sep 22

World Rhino Day

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World Rhino Day is on September 22 and celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.

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African Penguin Awareness Day
Oct 06

African Penguin Awareness Day

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African Penguin Awareness Day is dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin.

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National Marine Week
Oct 08

National Marine Week

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National Marine Week aims to educate all South Africans about the role oceans play in our daily lives, including recreation and employment. Since 1988 it has been celebrated during the second week of October. It creates awareness on the marine and coastal environment, marine conservation issues, and the promotion of sustainable use and conservation of these resources.The 3 000km of the South African coastline, which stretches from the Orange River in the west to Kosi Bay in the east, are rich in marine life and support many different marine ecosystems. Great demands are placed on these ecosystems by various bodies. The increase of marine pollution has … Read More

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World Soil Day
Dec 05

World Soil Day

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Soils have been neglected for too long. We fail to connect soil with our food, water, climate, biodiversity and life. We must invert this tendency and take up some preserving and restoring actions. The World Soil Day campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.

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International Mountain Day
Dec 11

International Mountain Day

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Mountains cover approximately one-quarter of the world’s surface and are home to 12% of the human population. Mountains are characterized by massive global diversity – from tropical rain forests to permanent ice and snow, from climates with more than 12 m of annual precipitation to high ‑ altitude deserts, and from sea level to almost 9 000 m in altitude.They are the water towers of the world – providing freshwater to at least half of the world’s people. However, mountains are also high-risk environments; avalanches, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and glacial lake outburst floods threaten life in mountain regions and … Read More

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