Awareness days

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.

Regular Events

Saturday
7th Nov
5th Dec 2020

2nd Jan
6th Feb
2021
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

November

November Awareness Days

1st Nov 2020World Vegan Day
A day used as an opportunity to bring together the vegan community in supporting one another. More info via The Vegan Society
12th Nov 2020Equal Pay Day
This is a day to mark the last day the average British woman is paid for her work for the rest of the year. Marking the gender pay gap. The Do-Gooders are celebrating the women in sustainability championing equality
13th Nov 2020World 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 2020Buy 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

November Environment Awareness weeks

28th Nov to
6th Dec
National Tree Week
The UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March each year). Organised by The Tree Council

November Month long campaigns

Cut the Wrap Challenge
My challenge to encourage people not to use any single use disposable wrapping paper over the festive season. To join in check out my Cut The Wrap Challenge page
World Vegan Month
Celebrated around the world to highlight how accessible and beneficial a vegan lifestyle is. More info via The Vegan Society
Veg Pledge for Cancer Research UK
Cancer Charity Cancer Research UK are challenging people to go vegetarian or vegan for one month to raise money for cancer research.

December

December Awareness Days

1st Dec 2020Giving 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 2020World 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 
10th Dec 2020International Animal Rights Day
On 10th December every year since 1998 candlelight vigils have taken place at locations across the world to call for the recognition of the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights. More info on Awareness Days
11th Dec 2020International Mountain Day
The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003 to encourage the international community to organise events to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development. Find out more at the United Nations website

December Environment Awareness weeks

1st week of DecTree Dressing Day
Tree dressing Day falls on the first weekend of December, and is based on many old customs from around the world, and it is a chance for the whole community to gather and celebrate the leafty friends we all have in common. Read more about Tree Dressing Day

December Month long campaigns

Cut the Wrap Challenge
Pledge to avoid using single use wrapping paper this winter. To join in check out my Cut The Wrap Challenge page

January

January Month long campaigns

Dry January
A month long booze-free challenge that helps millions reset their relationship with alcohol every year. As well as people doing this as a challenge to raise money for charity. More info via Alcohol Change
Veganuary
Since 2014 Veganuary has inspired and supported over 1 million people across the planet to try veganism for January and beyond. More info via Veganuary.com

Past Dates

July

July Month long campaigns

Plastic Free July
Take the pledge to ditch single use plastic in July. Find out more about the campaign here: Plastic Free July

August

August Awareness Days

22nd Aug 2020World 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 2020National 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 2020Women’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

September

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

Organic September
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
#SecondHandSeptember
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 2020Zero 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 2020Great 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 2020Great 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 2020Recycle 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 2020National 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 2020International 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 

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
Quit Smoking
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 2020National 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 2020World 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 2020One 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 2020World Vegetarian Day
A day raising awareness of vegetarian lifestyle and going meat free. World Vegetarian Day
4th Oct 2020World Animal Day
A day about raising the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. World Animal Day
5th Oct 2020World 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 2020International 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 2020World 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 2020Apple 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
Environmental awareness days