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.

March 21st International Day of Forests

International Day Of Forests – March 21st

Today has been declared a day to appreciate the forests of the world by the United Nations. Most of us just think of forests as trees but they are actually a great deal more. They store carbon helping our environment as they improve the climate around us often acting like a filter. They give us fuel for heat and shade to cool, they are a natural sound barrier, provide food, give a watershed to the soil, and provide a soothing mental health environment.  We need to do what we can to save them.

How to celebrate – Visit a forest today. Plant a tree in your yard. Learn about the positive and negative sides of logging. List as many animals as you can that live in a forest.

September 21st International Peace Day

It seems like since man was introduced to the world we have been at war somewhere. Greed, pride, misunderstanding, hunger – you name it we find a reason to go to war. But today is a day to celebrate peace. Put differences aside and appreciate what we do have and love our neighbors. The United Nations was formed after World War 2 and created International Peace Day on September 21, 1981. It went into effect in 1982 as the third Tuesday of September, but in 2002, it was changed to September 21st.

How to celebrate – Be thankful for what you have, more than what you could have. Stop blaming someone else for all your troubles. Try and figure out what you can do to help someone rather than hurt them. Partipate in the Peace Crane Project: https://peacecraneproject.org/

September 8th International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day was created by the United Nation’s UNESCO in 1965 in order to better educate the world and promote reading. The United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has been instrumental in bringing literacy to the world, teaching those who would not have the opportunity to learn otherwise. The value of reading should be obvious these days, when so much is going wrong in the world and we are trying to fix it. The idea of being able to communicate and share ideas is more important now than ever before.

How to celebrate – Support UNESCO. Visit the UN. Help promote literacy in your area.

December 10th Human Rights Day

Created December 10th, 1948 by the United Nations, today we celebrate Human Rights, not only in our own country, but across the world.

According to the UN, “the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): (is) a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.”

Everyone needs to have freedom, equality, and dignity!

How to celebrate – Find ways you can make a difference. Stop worrying about yourself. Visit the UN in New York.

October 24th United Nations Day

The United Nations were formed after World War 2 to replace the League of Nations which obviously didn’t work too well. The general idea was that any member country would gain benefits from belonging to the United Nations by living under common laws and defense. When nearly everything was blocked by voting members the military idea was still in place but realized to be useless. Sending troops into a country to bring about order didn’t work real well when the soldiers aren’t given bullets. While still striving for world peace, the United Nations has become more of a health organization, trying to help those countries generally controlled by people who do not want to be a part of the United Nations. They mean well, even though they are not as effective as originally hoped.

How to celebrate – Learn more about the United Nations. Discover what countries are not a part of the United Nations. Visit the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

March 21st International Day of Forests

International Day Of Forests – March 21st

Today has been declared a day to appreciate the forests of the world by the United Nations. Most of us just think of forests as trees but they are actually a great deal more. They store carbon helping our environment as they improve the climate around us often acting like a filter. They give us fuel for heat and shade to cool, they are a natural sound barrier, provide food, give a watershed to the soil, and provide a soothing mental health environment.  We need to do what we can to save them.

How to celebrate – Visit a forest today. Plant a tree in your yard. Learn about the positive and negative sides of logging. List as many animals as you can that live in a forest.

December 10th Human Rights Day

We all have rights. I am not exactly sure who gave them to us, but we do! Well, I guess they are given to us by the United Nations. And who gave them the rights? It was the General Assembly who made a declaration of human rights in 1948.

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Now I am not sure who gave them the right to make rights but they think they have them to give out. In fact they give them out several days during the year. So today is the day you can claim your rights, the United Nations said so. They won’t defend them anymore for you because the only way to do that is by taking away the rights of someone else.

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I am not sure what rights we actually have just because we are born. I like to think we have rights but I haven’t seen them written down anywhere… and they don’t come with that manual you get with a child when they are born.

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There should be rights and in an ideal world we all will share them with each other. It just seems like those with rights above our own are the ones who like to hand out those rights. So much of handing out human rights is just lip service. Maybe we should make sure today is a day where human rights really do get issued.

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I wish we could give out and protect all those rights humans should have. So far it’s really just the lip service we have managed to issue out. If you say it long enough you might actually believe you are doing it.

How to celebrate – Figure out what rights humans should actually be given. Are you willing to put your money where your mouth is? Would you protect someone’s rights if it meant giving up yours?

December 1st World Aids Awareness Day

Aids is perhaps one of the most devastating illness facing the world today. It is rampant across the face of the earth and will affect over 40,000 new victims in the U.S. alone this coming year. As of yet there is no cure, though scientist are working on it. Maybe some day soon we will learn enough to wipe it out but until them you have to be aware of it or you too may fall victim to it.

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This day has been created by the United Nations World Health Organization, as much about the cause as it is the cure. It was founded in 1988 before many of us were even aware of the decease and as a result, because of the lack of education, there are over 40 million suffering from it today, a million of those in the United States.

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We now know it affects the human immune system and while Aids/HIV may not kill you itself it allows germs to enter the body that normally can be fought off with the immune system. When the system is blocked, or not functioning properly, the body cannot fight off these illness’ and even the simplest of things can be deadly.

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In nations where health care is not readily available or simple hygiene is ignored, a decease like aids can run its course through an entire population. When settlers came to the America’s in the age of discovery, entire tribes of Native Americans were destroyed by something as minor as measles. Aids is far worse than that.

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And right now the best way to treat it is to educate those susceptible to it so they can avoid the causes of passing it on to others. Yesterday was Stay Home Because You Are Well Day. Don’t mock those who would prefer to be able to go to work by pretending you are sick.

How to celebrate – Educate yourself on how the Aids epidemic is passed on to others. Help support those fighting Aids. Thank God for giving you the ability to avoid catching and spreading the decease.

October 1st International Day For The Elderly

Though none of us will admit it, we all want to get older. The problem with that is that we want to be able to do everything we did when we were younger while being older. Unfortunately, we can’t. The good thing about it is, we know it. There do come moments however that we forget and try to do things we shouldn’t, or may even know better than trying to attempt.

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When we are young we almost always want to be older than we are. (Maybe not Peter Pan, but most of the rest of us do.) We want to be old enough to stay up late, but when we get there we go to bed early. We want to be able to drive, but when we get there someone takes the keys away from us. We want to be old enough to vote, but when we get there we find out there is no one worth voting for.

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We want to be respected for what we know and what we have accomplished… but most of the time no one cares or listens to us anyway. So to have a day where the world celebrates us is good. The day was created in 1990 by the United Nations and original called International Day For Older People. So, what’s the difference. Would you rather be called old or elderly?

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And why do we have to put labels on everything!?! The fact is, if we are lucky, we all get older until we are elderly. Then we just kind of are. It’s funny how we start out needing everybody’s help, then needing some help, then needing no help and then back to needing some help and finally back to needing everyone’s help.

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Well, here’s a fact for you. Today 1 in 10 people are called elderly. By 2050 it is estimated 5 out of 10 will be elderly. By 2150 it will be 1 in 3. we are gonna need a lot of help!

How to celebrate – Visit someone elderly today. Respect the elderly if for no other reason than they have managed to live that long. Learn from the elderly what to do, and what not to do.