Throughout the year there are lots of environmental awareness days, weeks and months. Sometimes it is hard to keep track of them all, so I have compiled a calendar to make it easier.
|Black Pound Day|
Aiming to encourage people to shop from and spend money with local and online UK black-owned businesses, by replacing your usual purchases with services and products from black-owned businesses. Find out more via the Black Pound Day website.
The Do-Gooders have created a list of Black-Owned & Sustainable businesses here
August Awareness Days
|22nd Aug 2020||World Plant Milk Day|
An international day that celebrates plant-based alternatives to dairy, from soya to oats to cashnew nuts to hemp milk. Find out more at World Plant Milk Day
August Environmental Awareness weeks
|10th to 16th Aug 2020||National Allotments Week|
Organised by The National Allotment Society, this is an annual campaign week as a way of raising awareness of allotments, help people live healthier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and improve their communities. Find out more at their website: National Allotments Week
|17th to 21st Aug 2020||Women’s Money Week|
Launched in 2012 to bring women together to focus on money-related issues in our lives. Where writers, authors, bloggers, journalists, podcasters anyone with a platform band together and create content about that day’s topic for their audience. Find out more via Women’s Money
There is plenty to keep you busy in September with all the environmental awareness days, weeks and months going on! You might not be able to do it all, but if you choose just one to take part in, I recommend Zero Waste Week (I am an ambassador for the week). It takes place in the first week of September every year
September Month long campaigns
A month-long campaign designed to encourage more people to try organic. A way to promote and educate people about organic food & farming practices. Find out more via The Soil Association
Oxfam run a challenge every year asking you to pledge to shop only second hand for 30 days or more. Buying second hand clothes keeps them from going into landfill. Find out more via Oxfam
|Seed Gathering Season|
Campaign running from 23rd September to 23rd October to inspire everyone to gather seeds, fruits & nuts which can be nurture to grow the trees of the future. Find out more via The Tree Council
|Sourdough September |
Launched in 2013, the aim of this month is to encourage more people to bake genuine sourdough, and join in with the Real Bread Campaign. Find out more here: Sourdough September
September Environmental Awareness weeks
|7th to 11th Sept 2020||Zero Waste Week|
A campaign run on social media and their website to help householders, businesses, schools and community groups increase recycling, reduce landfill waste and participate in the circular economy. Read my beginners guide to Zero Waste Week to get started.
|11th to 27th Sept 2020||Great British September Clean|
Was postponed from March/April 2020 due to Covid-19. A campaign to reduce litter and help communities clean up their local environment. You can get involved by either organising a private clean-up, or pledging to do your own individual clean-up. Find out more on the KeepBritainTidy website
|18th to 25th Sept 2020||Great British Beach Clean|
Due to COVID-19 rather than encouraging volunteers to find a beach clean happening near them, they are calling on individuals to adopt a 100m stretch of beach and organise their own beach cleans, with smaller groups of friends, family and ‘bubbles’, in line with government guidance. Find out more here: Great British Beach Clean
|21st to 27th Sept 2020||Recycle Week|
A celebration of recycling organised by WRAP. This year the theme will thank the nation for continuing to recycle through the COVID-19, and will be called “Together – We Recycle”.
You can get resources from the WRAP website
September Awareness Days
|1st Sept 2020||National Tofu Day|
The UK’s day to celebrate everything tofu and to encourage people to cook with meat-free alternatives. National Tofu Day
|16th Sept 2020||International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer|
The United Nations mark this day to celebrate the success in tackling ozone depletion, as well reminding people to remain vigilant and tackle any illegal source of ozone-depleting substances as they arise. Learn more here: Ozone Day
|22nd Sept 2020||World Car Free Day|
A day when all around the world towns and cities allow people to experience streets free of motor traffic. Check out Living Streets for more information
October Month long campaigns
|Black History Month|
A month of national celebrations and events to honour the too-often unheralded accomplishments of Black Britons in every area of endeavour throughout our history. Black History Month
October is Stoptober, a month encouraging people to stop smoking. Organised by the NHS with advice on how to quit. Quit Smoking
October Environmental Awareness weeks
|1st to 5th Oct 2020||National Work Life Week|
Launched back in 2010 this week aims to promote the balance between working life and home life.
Find out more about National Work Life Week
|4th to 10th Oct 2020||World Space Day|
The theme for 2020 is “Satellites Improve Life”.
The General Assembly declares World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.
|18th to 25th Oct 2020||One World Week|
A week about working together for a just, peaceful and sustainable world. The theme for 2020 is “It’s Our World – Let’s make it better”. Find out more via One World Week
October Environmental Awareness Days
|1st Oct 2020||World Vegetarian Day|
A day raising awareness of vegetarian lifestyle and going meat free. World Vegetarian Day
|4th Oct 2020||World Animal Day|
A day about raising the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. World Animal Day
|5th Oct 2020||World Habitat Day|
United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.
|14th Oct 2020||International E-waste Day|
A day aimed at reducing the burden that e-waste places on the environment and saving natural resources. Find out more via WEEEForum
|16th Oct 2020||World Food Day|
An International day in honour of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 1945 with events and activities. Learn more here: World Food Day
|21st Oct 2020||Apple Day|
Launched back in 1990, the day is a celebration and demonstration of the variety of apples, as well as raising awareness in the provenance and traceability of food. Apple Day
November Awareness Days
|13th Nov 2020||World Kindness Day|
An international observance introduced by the World Kindness Movement for the celebration of kindness in society and day to day life. Individual acts of kindness are encouraged on this day annually. Check out Kindness UK for more information.
|27th Nov 2020||Buy Nothing Day|
A day to challenge yourself, your friends and family to have a detox from buying stuff. It occurs on the same day as Black Friday. Find out more on the Buy Nothing Day website
December Awareness Days
|1st Dec 2020||Giving Tuesday|
A day to support the good causes that mean something to you. ‘Volunteer your time; donate money; organise a community event like a park clean-up; donate goods, food or clothes; share your skills; campaign for something’. Find out more at the Giving Tuesday website
|5th Dec 2020||World Soil Day|
Occuring every 5th December to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. Find out more at the United Nations website