It’s been a little while since I focused on some of the monthly eco-awareness dates, but January and February are a bit light in that regard. I hope you spent time on February 2, World Wetlands Day, thinking about how biologically diverse wetlands are. They are extremely important as habitat for so many animals and plants. Some animals (like muskrats) are permanent marsh users while others are more seasonal, such as the dozens of species of birds that use marshes as staging grounds during migration.
China’s Year of the Tiger began on February 14th. Happy New Year China! Let’s hope the tiger has a good year in 2010 since they’ve not been doing well in the wild as of late.
We’ve got lots to look forward to in March, including:
March 3-5 – World Sustainable Energy Days
March 7-13 – National Tree Week
March 14 – International Migratory Bird Day
March 15-19 – National Wildlife Week
March 12-20 – National Outdoor Week (UK)
March 20 – Vernal (Spring) Equinox
March 21 – World Forestry Day
March 22 – World Day for Water (UN)
March 23 – World Meteorological Day (UN)
March 27 – Earth Hour (8:30 pm)
I will be writing separate posts for many of these days and hope you will stay tuned. I also hope you will take part in one or more of these special awareness days. It’s so easy to do and it does make a positive difference to our environment. Don’t believe me? If everyone that reads this blog takes a friend out to plant a tree during the week of March 7-13 (National Tree Week), we’ve instantly created lots of new habitat for animals. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of animals (including insects, birds, mammals) will use the trees. Plus, the trees will of course help filter CO2 out of the environment over the years they are growing. The trees, even after they’ve died, will also act as shelter for many animals.
Let us know what you are doing to celebrate some of these awareness days by leaving a comment to help inspire others to get involved.