It is time we begin to celebrate Environmental Holidays! The following is the beginning
of a list of such days, together with links for more information when available.
Please send your suggestions for additions, including links, to me at
harold (at) planetpatriot.net.
- 1 - One Day of Peace and Sharing
- 10 - Robinson Jeffers Day (1887-1962) - California poet and Pantheist.
Jeffer's Tor House is now a privately-operated historic site in Carmel, California.
- 11 - Aldo Leopold Day - (1886-1948) - Honoring the author of
A Sand County Almanac and creator of the "land ethic."
- 14 - Albert Schweitzer Day (1875-1965) - Humanitarian who extolled a "reverence for life"
- 29 Edward Abbey Day (1927-1989) -
chronicler and novelist for western Wilderness.
- 2 - Ground Hog Day - Based on
a German superstition, this holiday is a chance to celebrate winter and winter's passing.
- 12 - Charles Darwin Day (1809-1882) - Celebrated theorist of evolution
- 20 - Ansel Adams Day - (1902-1984) - recognizing the great photographer and conservationist
- 23 - Woody Guthrie writes "This Land is Your Land" in 1940
- 25 - Howard Clinton Zahniser (1906-1964) - father of the Wilderness Act of 1964
- Variable -
B'Shevat the Jewish
New Year of Trees - celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shevat
(usually January or February) - This Jewish Tree Planting Holiday is gaining
more interest from year to year as a day to focus on the importance of nature
and the environment. See also, Torah,
Jews & Earth by Arthur Wakow.
- 1 - First National Park established - Yellowstone, 1872
- 10 - Hazel Wolf Day - (1898-2000) - 101 years of activism for Audubon. Click for Press Release
- 14 - International Day of Action Against Dams and for Rivers, Water and Life - from International Rivers Network.
- 21 or 22 - Vernal Equinox - The time of year when the sun crosses the equator to begin autumn in the southern
hemisphere and spring in the northern hemisphere.
- Variable - Arbor Day - This major tree planting
holiday is celebrated on dates determined by the best tree planting times in each state or nation
- e.g. March 7 in California,
April 22 in Nebraska.
- 3 - John Burroughs Day - (1837-1921) - Outstanding
natural history writer
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998) - Mother of the
- 7 - William Wordsworth Day (1770-1850) - Pre-eminent Romantic poet
- 21 - John Muir Day - (1838 - 1914) - Father of Our National Parks,
wilderness explorer, naturalist, conservationist, and co-founder of the Sierra Club
- 22 - Earth Day - first
celebrated 1970. For a large collection of Earth Day resources, see EarthDay.org
26 - National Bird Day - A celebration of the birthday of the artist famous for his paintings of
birds, John James Audubon born in 1785.
- National Wildlife Week, usually in mid-April - celebrating
- 3 - Pete
Seeger Day - (1919 - ) - Actvist, song-writer, folk singer, and environmentalist
who is a leading inspiration for many younger activists, song-writers,
folk-singers, and environmentalists. Seeger was largely responsible for
the revival of American folk music in the 1950s and 1960s. His songs,
many of which have themes embracing planetary patriotism, include “Where
Have All the Flowers Gone” and “If I Had a Hammer.”
- 18, 2012 -variable - Endangered Species Day - A day to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space. Started by the United States Senate, Endangered Species Day is the third Friday in May.
- 25 - Ralph Waldo Emerson Day (1803-1882) - Preeminent Transcendentalist essayist
- 27 - Rachel Carson Day - (1907-1964)
celebrating the life of the woman who first brought our attention to the toxic threats caused
by mis-use of chemicals. See also
the biography of Rachel Carson at the Rachel
- Variable - Space Day - celebrated each May on the
Thursday prior to the anniversary of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's 1961 challenge to "land a man on the moon and
return him to the Earth," a tribute to those endlessly engaging phenomena which constitute our
universe -- and to the people who, through their space-related work, have contributed so much to
science, medicine and everyday life.
- Variable - Endangered Species Day - third Friday in May. See www.endangeredspeciesday.org.
- 5 - World Environment Day - established 1972
- 11 - Jacques-Yves Cousteau Day (1910-1997) - To
recognize the achievements of oceanographer, science popularizer, and global environmentalist Jacques Cousteau.
- 21 - World Whale Day
- 21 (on or around) Summer Solstice - First day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year
- 28 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Day (1749-1832) - German poet, dramatist, and scientist
with a profound and poetic sensibility to Nature
- 1 - Species Requiem Day (PDF)
- Last Passenger Pigeon died in a Cincinatti, Ohio Zoo,1914. - A day to mourn
the loss of a once-numerous species, which can symbolize all the species
lost to extinction by human hands.
- 7 - Australian National Threatened Species Day - highlights the plight of Australia's threatened species and ecological communities. September 7 is the date that the last tasmanian tiger died in captivity in 1936.
- 21 (on or around) Autumn Equinox - First day of Autumn.
- 26 - Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) Day - (1774-1845)
To celebrate the life of Johnny Appleseed, who planted thousands of apple trees
around the Northwest Territories. See also our Johnny Appleseed Stamps and Covers.
- September 29 - J. Horace McFarland Day - founder of the nationwide "City Beautiful" movement and advocate for the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916, who worked hand-in-hand with Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, and naturalist John Burroughs on the preservation of Yosemite and Yellowstone parks, Niagara Falls, the Everglades and many other natural and scenic areas across the United States.
- Variable - National
Public Lands Day - Last Saturday in September - a day to improve and enhance resources in national
parks and forests, reservoirs and other public lands where Americans go to enjoy the outdoors.
- 3 - National Estuaries Day. The theme of this celebration is "Estuaries --
Gateways to the Ocean."
- 16 - William O. Douglas Day - (1898-1980) - Supreme Court Justice and defender of Wilderness
- 9 - Carl Sagan Day
(1934-1996) - Recognizing the noted astronomer, science popularizer, and environmentalist, and co-founder
of The Planetary Society. See Also Scientific American Carl Sagan Biography.
- 18 - Asa Gray Day - (1810 - 1888) - Recognizing the "Father of American Botany"
- 25 - Joseph Wood Krutch Day - (1893-1970) - Recognizing the noted
natural history writer and conservationist.
- Variable - Fourth Thursday in November - Thanksgiving Day - giving thanks for Nature's bounty
- 21 (on or around) Winter Solstice - First Day of Winter triggering many ancient and modern
seasonal traditions from bonfires to gift-giving and solar
rites celebrating the return of the sun and longer days
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