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International Mountain Day

Happy International Mountain Day!

The United Nations designated the year of 2002 as the International Year of Mountains to increase awareness of the importance of mountains and sustainable mountain development.  International Year of Mountains was so successful that the United Nations General Assembly designated December 11 as International Mountain Day, starting in 2003.

International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.

- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN agency leading the observance of International Mountain Day

Each year, International Mountain Day observance is centered around a particular theme. International Mountain Day 2011 will focus on mountains and forests:

It aims to raise awareness about the relevance of mountain forests and the role they play within a Green Economy as well as in climate change adaptation measures.


Check out our great selection of Mountain Calendars.

Learn more about efforts to protect mountain environments and improve the lives of people living in those environments at mountainpartnership.org.

Sources: punchbowl.com, fao.org, timeanddate.com
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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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Happy Earth Day!

What is Earth Day?

Founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator at the time, Earth Day began as a “teach-in” to encourage both Congress and Americans to clean up and protect the environment by raising awareness of environmental issues and deterioration. Now a global movement, Earth Day continues to serve as a day for individuals and organizations to demonstrate their commitment to protecting the environment through action. This year, the Earth Day Network will organize Earth Day events around the A Billion Acts of Green® campaign launched for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010.

Learn more about Earth Day’s history and purpose.

When is Earth Day?

April 22 of each year.

How do I celebrate Earth Day?

Learn how to protect the environment and put your commitment to maintaining a healthy, sustainable environment into action. Visit earthday.org for ideas on how you can take action or the A Billion Acts of Green® website to pledge your “act of green.”

Sources: earthday.org

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