June 3rd World Bicycle Day

If you want to get a little exercise and save the environment at the same time, start riding a bicycle! You can kill two birds with one stone, although that’s not real humane to be killing birds. Much of Europe rides bikes for every day travel. Of course, communities there are closer and tend to lend themselves more to bicycling. However America is starting to catch up by creating trails that can be used for work or leisure and even the bus system is allowing bikes to be carried on the front, or back, of the bus so that people can use modern transport for the longer distances. It does cause some issues in the rain and snow but a little preventive medicine can solve even those problems. Today was created by the UN in 2018.

How to Celebrate – Go for a bike ride. Make bicycling a regular part of your life. Look into racing bikes, you might be surprised how expensive they are.

May 23rd World Turtle Day

May 23rd World Turtle Day

Today was created by Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson to make people aware of the plight of the turtles and tortoises in our world. They formed the American Tortoise Rescue in 1990 to save these creatures from their worst enemies, man. We destroy their environment, disturb their nesting and confuse their young with lights and distractions. These gentle creatures help preserve our world and cause very little harm to anyone. It is normally our ignorance that causes harm.

How to celebrate – Learn what you can do to help turtles and tortoises thrive. Learn the different types of turtles and tortoises. Watch for turtle nesting areas.   

April 22nd Earth Day (U.S.)

Earth Day was created in the United States in 1962 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in order to bring awareness to our destruction of the environment we live in. President John F. Kennedy supported the idea and help spread the word through is administration. As the “Father of Earth Day”, Nelson did not stop with the U.S. however, introducing the “Protest” to the destruction of the environment to the world as “Earth Day” in 1970. As a direct result of the success of Earth Day the Environmental Protection Agency was formed as a governmental watchdog.

How to celebrate – Read about the history of Earth Day. Plant something on Earth Day. Get involved in trying to protect our environment.

July 28th World Nature Conservation Day

Today we recognize just how important our resources are here on Earth.  A report from the global conservation organization World Wildlife Foundation suggests that since 1970, the pressure that we exert on the planet has doubled and the resources upon which we depend have declined by 33 percent. We must learn how to protect them while we retain our style of living. Over the years it has become an environmental awareness day, trying to make people aware of what we’re doing to the earth through our actions and creating activities that help Mother Nature. While the ways to save nature are varied there is no doubt that we must take an active part in salvaging what we have left.

How to celebrate – See how you can help the environment and nature. Do something simple like recycling to do your part. Celebrate the earth and all it provides us.

June 22nd World Rainforest Day

Rainforests are found all over the world, even in Canada! They are essential to our environment for many, many reasons but if you want to focus on just one… they provide 20% of the oxygen on earth. That sort of makes you think twice about allowing groups that destroy the forests for no real good reason. The animals that live there, the chemicals in our air that the trees are able to absorb, and so much more, are all a win-win for all of us. The day was founded in 2017 by “Rainforest Partnership” in Austin, Texas.

How to celebrate – Visit a rainforest. Research all the rainforests of the world. Research all the products that come from a rainforest.

May 15th National Bike To Work Day

The League of Wheelmen began in 1880. The idea back then was to have an organization that fought the prejudices against those who rode bikes. Over the years it has become the League of American Bicyclists who promote using bikes to help with the environment, health and to slow down life a little so people can enjoy it. There is a Bike Month, Week and today (Bike To Work Day). It always falls on the 3rd Friday of May when, hopefully, the weather is better. Riding your bike to work has it’s challenges but it is worth it, provided work isn’t a 100 miles away.

How to celebrate – Ride your bike to work. If you don’t have a bike, get one! Plan your route to work so it’s safe and you get to enjoy things you might not normally see.

March 28th Earth Hour

March 28th Earth Hour

Today is designed to recognize what we are doing to our planet and how we need to take of it. It celebrates the World Wide Fund For Nature and requires we all turn off all non-essential electrically operated items from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Of course the times will vary with where you live but the idea is clear. For an hour you can do without your computer, television and any other electrical item you are  using. It’s just an hour so I think we can all suffer through that.

How to celebrate – Do what you can to save the environment. Observe the hour of not using your electrical items. Cherish the earth, it’s the only one we’ve got.

March 11th World Plumbing Day

March 11th World Plumbing Day

To no one’s real surprise, today was created by the World Plumbing Council, but with good reason. Can you imagine our world without plumbing? Bringing water into our homes and removing waste from it. It keeps us healthier and saves the environment from certain disaster. Even though you can never find a plumber when you need one, they are out there hiding in the shadows with a pipe wrench in hand.

How to celebrate – Thank a plumber for their services today. Learn how to do your own plumbing. Put a plumber on your speed dial.

August 23rd National Ride The Wind Day

If you think about it, man has been trying to capture the wind since… well… since the beginning of time. We use it for electricity, sailing ships, gliders, kites, and sometimes, just to enjoy those ocean breezes that both warm us and keep us cool. Over the years we have learned to use the wind, but we have never actually learned to control it. I doubt we ever will. It has a life of its own to some degree. We can channel it, move it, and increase it but it still has it’s own spirit. And I think that is good! In the end, it reminds us that we are not the end all and that somethings still control us even when we think we control them.

How to celebrate – Do some sport that involves the use of wind. Go sailing. Create your own power plant with a wind turbine.

August 1st National Mountain Climbing Day

August 1st National Mountain Climbing Day

This is not a day designed to get you to climb Mt Everest. It is designed to get you up and out of the house and walking along the many natural, and man-made, paths that might include a mountain or two. Leave Mount Everest to the experts, those people that want to drive spikes into rock slabs and dangle from ropes. Pick the easier paths, still requiring effort but not beyond the average everyday hiker. It was created to honor Bobby Madigan and Josh Madigan for scaling the highest 46 peaks in the Adirondack Mountain’s in New York. Watch out for the snow, if you come across any, I got the worst sunburn of my life going up a foot trail of a mountain in Colorado. The sun reflects off the snow and will burn you to a crisp!

How to celebrate – Go climb a mountain! Watch the Sound of Music. Get out and enjoy nature.