Environmental holidays are in place to help bring awareness to important global issues and to encourage solidarity around them. Protecting the environment is crucial for the planet’s long-term survival, and for human survival as well. Fortunately, many of the changes you can make to better your environment start directly within your home.

For example, according to Fix it Right Plumbing, one of the top plumbing companies in Australia, even the tiniest leaks can waste thousands of gallons in your household per year. With that in mind, consider prioritizing these environmental holidays, and learning how to implement some of the adjustments you make into your daily lifestyle.

Earth Day: April 22nd

Earth Day is the most renowned environment holiday and it gets the most recognition. Earth Day began in 1970, and roughly 20 million participated in the first Earth Day. Unlike some of the other items on this list, Earth Day doesn’t focus on a niche topic, but on the overall green movements we can make to help the earth as a whole. However, on its 50th anniversary, climate change was listed as the primary topic to focus on.

What you can do:

  • Ride, carpool, or walk to your destinations
  • Switch applicable bills to e-bills only (saves millions of trees every year)
  • Start or reevaluate your recycling and/or composting plan
  • Address any leaks in your household
  • Switch from bottled water to washable, reusable water bottles

World Oceans Day – June 8th

World Oceans Day is a celebration of earth’s most prized possession: water, and the entire ecosystem that depends on it to survive in and with it. This is a day that celebrates the world’s ocean, and how they connect each and every one of us. One of WOD’s primary missions is to its Conservation Action Focus, which strives to protect 30% of the Earth’s land and ocean by the year 2030.

There are many harrowing statistics about our oceans that clearly illustrate that we have a big problem. There are millions of cases of waterborne diseases every year, there are over 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, and over 70% of all water used in Latin America returns to rivers without any form of treatment.

What you can do:

  • Support conservations efforts through donations and volunteering
  • Participate in beach cleanup efforts
  • Make an effort to reduce plastic consumption, as most plastic ends up in landfill and in our oceans

America Recycles Day – November 15

America Recycles Day is an initiative from Keep America Beautiful, and hones in on the importance of recycling. ARD’s purpose to spread awareness about recycling. Recycling helps the environment in very impactful ways by reducing the need to refine and retract more raw materials from the earth. All of these raw materials create additional air and water pollution. Recycling conserves natural resources, saves energy, and cuts climate-changing carbon emissions. Most importantly, it’s easy for anyone to do.

What you can do:

  • Take the pledge to recycle daily
  • Participate in community events that promote recycling
  • Create your own education awareness program and register it with ARD
  • Remember the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle

International Dark Sky Week: One week during April’s new moon

International Dark Sky week is a celebration of the night time sky. Around the world, people turn off their lights to see the beauty of the night sky without the harmful effects of light pollution. The fact is, the beauty of the night sky is often hidden above a blanket of light—particularly in cities—rarely do people get to experience this amazing wonder in its true glory. Too much light pollution interferes with astronomical research, has negative impacts on the ecosystem, wastes energy, and of course, washes out the starlight of the night sky.

What you can do:

  • Only use outdoor light when you absolutely need it
  • Confine light to specific areas of the home
  • Switch to energy-efficient lighting

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