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Summer Solstice

Today is the Summer Solstice, which means June 20 is the longest day of 2012!

To learn more about the June Solstice, check out last years blog post.

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World Environment Day

OrmanWhat is World Environment Day?

Created in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly, World Environment Day (WED) is a global holiday that celebrates a healthy environment, creates environmental awareness, and encourages people all over the world to take positive environmental action.

Each year, the United Nations Environmental Programme centers WED around a specific theme and environmental area of interest. The theme for WED 2011 is “Forests: Nature At Your Service.”

Find out more about WED at the United Nations Environmental Programme’s WED website.

When is World Environment Day?

WED is celebrated on June 5 of each year to commemorate the opening of the 1972 Stockholm Conference.

How do I celebrate World Environment Day?

This year, celebrating WED is as simple as planting a tree, but if you’re looking for even more ways to celebrate WED or want to involve your whole community, check out the United Nations Environmental Programme’s suggested WED activities for ideas.

Don’t just help keep the environment clean on June 5. Go green and adopt eco-friendly habits and behaviors all year round by following these guidelines from the United Nations Environment Programme.

Sources: unep.org
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National Walk to Work Day

The first Friday in April is National Walk to Work Day!

Today is intended to have a positive effect on the health of society and be a break for our environment from the pollution that is emitted by vehicles.

It is estimated that a whopping 86% of Americans take their car to work, 5% ride public transportation, and the remaining use alternate means of transportation. Take this opportunity to help reduce carbon emissions by walking to work today.

Walking has been proven to prevent obesity, reduce “bad” cholesterol, increase “good” cholesterol, lower body fat, reduce fatigue, and improve your overall mood. You really can’t go wrong with all of those health benefits!

If your workplace isn’t exactly within walking distance, we wouldn’t recommend walking a few miles on the highway and dodging cars just to celebrate National Walk to Work Day. Just take a nice long walk when you get home – we’ll understand!

Sources: SF Examiner, Huffington Post

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The Vernal Equinox and the First Day of Spring!

Today marks the vernal equinox and the first day of Spring for 2012.

Learn more about the Vernal Equinox!

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Autumnal Equinox

LaubBlätter10What is the Autumnal Equinox?

The Autumnal Equinox, or September Equinox, marks the beginning of Fall in the northern hemisphere and Spring in the southern hemisphere. On the Autumnal Equinox, the sun shines directly over the equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal – the only place with exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night is on the Equator.

When is the Autumnal Equinox?

The Autumnal Equinox occurs around September 22 or 23 at a specific time.

Do people celebrate the Autumnal Equinox?

Learn about ancient and modern Autumnal Equinox celebrations, festivities, myths and superstitions here. Then check out National Geographic’s slide show of Autumnal Equinox rituals around the world.

Sources: timeanddate.com
Photo Source: böhringer friedrich via Wikimedia Commons
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When does the Autumnal Equinox occur in 2011?

September 23, 2011 at 9:04 a.m.

Learn more about the Autumnal Equinox by clicking here.

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National Dog Day

Siberian Husky pho What is National Dog Day?

Collen Paige, pet lifestyle expert and author, founded National Dog Day in 2004 to raise awareness of the number of dogs that need to be rescued and to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, whether mixed or pure. National Dog Day also acknowledges and honors these patient, loyal and loving pets that save lives, keep us safe and bring us comfort every day.

Learn more about National Dog Day by clicking here.

When is National Dog Day?

August 26 of each year.

How can I celebrate National Dog Day?

Spend the day playing and cuddling with your pup. Treats and new toys are always welcome, too!

Not a dog owner? Adopt! Or at least volunteer at your local animal shelter and spend time showing some love to the dogs without  a home. National Dog Day is for all dogs, especially those who don’t have a home or a human companion to play with.

Find more ways to celebrate by clicking here.

Source: nationaldogday.com

Photo Source: Per Harald Olsen
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Today is Rain Day!

Rain iconRain Day originated in the Daly & Spraggs Drug Store in Waynesburg, PA. A farmer mentioned to the pharmacist that it would rain the next day, July 29, because it was his birthday  and it always rains on his birthday. Intrigued, Byron Daly began betting store customers, salesmen and townspeople that it would rain on July 29. The wager? A hat, which Daly always won. Daly’s son, John Daly, continued the tradition in later years, and today, Waynesburg’s Special Events Commission continues the tradition and has won hats from TV weathermen and celebrities, including NBC’s Today Show’s then weatherman Willard Scott, Jay Leno, Troy Aikman and the Dixie Chicks.

As of July 29, 2010, it has rained 112 out of 136 years in Waynesburg on July 29.

Learn more about this bizarre holiday’s history and Waynesburg’s annual Rain Day Festival by clicking here.

Source: raindayfestival.com
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Today is the June Solstice!

What is the June Solstice?

The June Solstice, or Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere and Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere, marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere. On the June Solstice, the sun’s rays fall directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere, so those living north of this location experience the longest hours of daylight out of the year. On the June Solstice only, there are also 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle and 24 hours of darkness south of the Antarctic Circle.

Learn more about the June Solstice by clicking here.

When is the June Solstice?

The June Solstice occurs anywhere from June 20 to 22 at a specific time.

Do people celebrate the June Solstice?

Learn about ancient and modern June Solstice traditions and celebrations by clicking here. then check out National Geographic’s slide show of June Solstice rituals around the world.

Sources: timeanddate.com, geography.about.com
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World Turtle Day

GreenSeaTurtle-2What is World Turtle Day?

World Turtle Day was founded in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue – a turtle and tortoise rescue organization – to raise awareness for turtles and tortoises, whose survival is threatened by human activities and abuse, habitat loss, the pet trade and the effects of pollution and industrial fishing operations.

When is World Turtle Day?

May 23. Why?

May is a busy month for turtles. Many have recently emerged from winter hibernation and are beginning their search for mates and nesting areas.

- The Humane Society of the United States

How do I celebrate World Turtle Day?

Check out The Humane Society’s Twelve Things to Do for Turtles and Tortoises to find out how you can help protect these fascinating reptiles.

Sources: humanesociety.org

Photo Source:By Tokugawapants at en.wikipedia + PiccoloNamek (Modifie version) via Wikimedia Commons
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