Celebrate 50+ Green Holidays
Did you know there are more than 50 green holidays?
Earth Day is considered somewhat of a “Hallmark Holiday” for most environmentalists. We’re all about living our lives as sustainably as possible—some more than others—on a daily basis. It’s not about perfection, though, it’s about doing our best with what we’ve got. Take me, for example: It makes no sense for me to buy a hybrid car when I already own a somewhat decent 2003 VW station wagon with less than 80,000 miles. If we could afford solar panels, they’d be on my roof right now. I do, however, buy organic food and limit my family’s meat consumption whenever possible. You’ll find absolutely no plastic baggies or storage containers in my house, but you’ll see the environmental-disaster-waiting-to-happen keurig single-cup coffee machine on my kitchen counter (a gift to my son purchased by my hubby, despite my pleading against it). Fortunately, they drink the coffee only on weekends.
I’m happy there’s an Earth Day—it’s important to remind the world that the Earth is worth celebrating and that there are things we can do to help make the world safer for future generations. What better day than Earth Day to kick off a new eco-resolution, whether it’s switching to eco-friendly home cleaning products and organic food or adding solar panels to your roof. Or maybe you’re ready to go meatless on Mondays. Or use reusable shopping bags every time you go shopping.
However, Earth Day isn’t the only environmental holiday.
Here’s a list of more than 50 green holidays you could celebrate virtually every day.
Green New Year’s Resolution – Jan. 1 (a made up holiday, but why not participate?)
World Wetlands Day – Feb. 2
World Sparrow Day – March 20
World Forestry Day – March 21
World Water Day – March 22
World Meteorological Day – March 23
Earth Hour – Last Saturday of March
Earth Day – April 22
Chemists Celebrate Earth Day – April 22
Arbor Day – Last Friday in April (each state also has its own observation based on best tree planting time)
Green Up Day – first Saturday of May in Vermont
International Migratory Bird Day – Second Saturday in May in the U.S. and Canada
Greenery Day – May 4 in Japan (previously April 29)
International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day) – May 22
Bike-to-Work Day – Third Friday in May
National Trails Day – First Saturday in June
World Environment Day – June 5
World Oceans Day – June 8
Global Wind Day – June 15
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought – June 17
World Population Day – July 11
International Tiger Day – July 29
National Wildlife Day – Sept. 4
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – Sept. 16
Clean Up the World Weekend – Third weekend in September
Zero Emissions Day – Sept. 21
International Day of Peace – Sept. 21
World Car Free Day – Sept. 22
Ecological Debt Day (Earth Overshoot Day) – Aug. 20 in 2013 but changes. It’s the (claimed) approximate calendar date on which humanity’s resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources that year. Since 2001, Overshoot Day has moved ahead by an average of three days per year.
World Rivers Day – Every last Sunday in September
World Habitat Day – First Monday in October
World Vegetarian Day – Oct. 1
World Animal Day – Oct. 4
International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction – Second Wednesday in October
World Planting Day – Oct. 22
International Day of Climate Action – Oct. 24
World Vegan Day – Nov. 1
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict – Nov. 6
America Recycles Day – Nov. 15(ish)
World Soil Day – Dec. 5
International Mountain Day – Dec. 11
Here are special week-long, year-long and even decade-long environmental/ earth related events. Keep in mind, the actual dates vary by year.
National Park Week – April 19-27
Dark Sky Week – April 20-26
Bike to Work Week Victoria
National Clean Beaches Week – July 1-7
European Mobility Week – Sept. 16-22
Bike Week – Second week in June
Recycle Week – June 20-26
Junk Mail Awareness Week – First week of October
European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) – Nine days, last complete week in November
No Car Day – Week of Sept. 22 in China
United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development – 2005-2014
Water for Life Decade – 2005-2015
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity – 2010-2020
Did I miss any?
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theDOCK aims to innovate the Israeli maritime sector. Pexels<p>The UN hopes that new investments in ocean science and technology will help turn the tide for the oceans. As such, this year kicked off the <a href="https://www.oceandecade.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)</a> to galvanize massive support for the blue economy.</p><p>According to the World Bank, the blue economy is the "sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem," <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412019338255#b0245" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Science Direct</a> reported. It represents this new sector for investments and innovations that work in tandem with the oceans rather than in exploitation of them.</p><p>As recently as Aug. 2020, <a href="https://www.reutersevents.com/sustainability/esg-investors-slow-make-waves-25tn-ocean-economy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Reuters</a> noted that ESG Investors, those looking to invest in opportunities that have a positive impact in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, have been interested in "blue finance" but slow to invest.</p><p>"It is a hugely under-invested economic opportunity that is crucial to the way we have to address living on one planet," Simon Dent, director of blue investments at Mirova Natural Capital, told Reuters.</p><p>Even with slow investment, the blue economy is still expected to expand at twice the rate of the mainstream economy by 2030, Reuters reported. It already contributes $2.5tn a year in economic output, the report noted.</p><p>Current, upward <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/-innovation-blue-economy-2646147405.html" target="_self">shifts in blue economy investments are being driven by innovation</a>, a trend the UN hopes will continue globally for the benefit of all oceans and people.</p><p>In Israel, this push has successfully translated into investment in and innovation of global ports, shipping, logistics and offshore sectors. The "Startup Nation," as Israel is often called, has seen its maritime tech ecosystem grow "significantly" in recent years and expects that growth to "accelerate dramatically," <a href="https://itrade.gov.il/belgium-english/how-israel-is-becoming-a-port-of-call-for-maritime-innovation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">iTrade</a> reported.</p><p>Driving this wave of momentum has been rising Israeli venture capital hub <a href="https://www.thedockinnovation.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">theDOCK</a>. Founded by Israeli Navy veterans in 2017, theDOCK works with early-stage companies in the maritime space to bring their solutions to market. The hub's pioneering efforts ignited Israel's maritime technology sector, and now, with their new fund, theDOCK is motivating these high-tech solutions to also address ESG criteria.</p><p>"While ESG has always been on theDOCK's agenda, this theme has become even more of a priority," Nir Gartzman, theDOCK's managing partner, told EcoWatch. "80 percent of the startups in our portfolio (for theDOCK's Navigator II fund) will have a primary or secondary contribution to environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria."</p><p>In a company presentation, theDOCK called contribution to the ESG agenda a "hot discussion topic" for traditional players in the space and their boards, many of whom are looking to adopt new technologies with a positive impact on the planet. The focus is on reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment, the presentation outlines. As such, theDOCK also explicitly screens candidate investments by ESG criteria as well.</p><p>Within the maritime space, environmental innovations could include measures like increased fuel and energy efficiency, better monitoring of potential pollution sources, improved waste and air emissions management and processing of marine debris/trash into reusable materials, theDOCK's presentation noted.</p>
theDOCK team includes (left to right) Michal Hendel-Sufa, Head of Alliances, Noa Schuman, CMO, Nir Gartzman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, and Hannan Carmeli, Co-Founder & Managing Partner. Dudu Koren<p>theDOCK's own portfolio includes companies like Orca AI, which uses an intelligent collision avoidance system to reduce the probability of oil or fuel spills, AiDock, which eliminates the use of paper by automating the customs clearance process, and DockTech, which uses depth "crowdsourcing" data to map riverbeds in real-time and optimize cargo loading, thereby reducing trips and fuel usage while also avoiding groundings.</p><p>"Oceans are a big opportunity primarily because they are just that – big!" theDOCK's Chief Marketing Officer Noa Schuman summarized. "As such, the magnitude of their criticality to the global ecosystem, the magnitude of pollution risk and the steps needed to overcome those challenges – are all huge."</p><p>There is hope that this wave of interest and investment in environmentally-positive maritime technologies will accelerate the blue economy and ESG investing even further, in Israel and beyond.</p>
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