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International sustainable community events

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The focus of this article is global or large scale events which have the potential for large scale active and participatory involvement by community groups and active citizens. They'll tend to be free or low cost events. If you would like to suggest something for this page but are unsure how to edit it, please feel free to put your suggestion on the talk page. Similar pages can be developed for more specific locations, see for example UK sustainable community events

2017 dates unless otherwise shown.

January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December

Years - Decades - See also - Interwiki links - External links


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1 - Public Domain Day W, Annual event. publicdomainday.org

31 - Street Children‘s Day W, Annual event.


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2 - World Wetlands Day W. Annual event. worldwetlandsday.org, 2016, Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods

2 - WinterBikeToWorkDay

20 - World Day of Social Justice W, Annual event, a day recognizing the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. un.org


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March - Water Action Month, endwaterpoverty.org

3 - World Wildlife Day W, un.org

5 - Open Data Day, International Open Data hackathon, opendataday.org, What can I do?

8 - International Women's Day W, Annual event, focusing on respect, appreciation and love towards women, and celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements.

20 - International Day of Happiness W. Annual event, recognizing that happiness is a fundamental human goal. Let's reclaim happiness!

20 - 30 - Pesticide Action Week

21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination W. Annual event. un.org

22 - World Water Day W. Annual event. unwater.org. Watch this video called Refresh on youtube

25 - Earth Hour! 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time. Eteignez vos lumières! La Hora del Planeta! youtube, earthhour.org, facebook


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4 - 17, 2016 - third annual #MapJam

5 - 18, 2016 - Global Day of Action on Military Spending W. Promoting a common awareness of the amounts of money spent on military. Groups around the world advocate a shift of budget priorities. demilitarize.org

7 - World Health Day W, Global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). who.int

18, 2016 - International Day for Monuments and Sites, icomos.org, World Heritage and Sustainable Development, UNESCO World Heritage Centre

24 - 30 - InterNational Downshifting Week. Slow down your pace, learn about green actions, get a better handle on the work/life balance downshiftingweek.com

22 - Earth Day W. Annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. earthday.org, How to Celebrate Earth Day, from WikiHow, Wikipedia: International Mother Earth Day

28 - Pay it Forward Day, payitforwardday.com / Free stuff


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1 - 7 - Screen-Free Week

5 - 7 - Jane's Walk W. A series of neighbourhood walking tours, named after urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs. janeswalk.net

5 - 13 - Global Divestment Mobilisation

7 - International Permaculture Day, Journée Mondiale de la Permaculture. permacultureday.org

18 - Outdoor Classroom Day, a day to celebrate and inspire learning and play outside the classroom

22 - International Day for Biological Diversity W. Annual event. cbd.int


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5 - World Environment Day W. Annual event. Give a human face to environmental issues. unep.org

4 - 11 - Global Sharing Week, thepeoplewhoshare.com

8 - World Oceans Day W. Annual event. worldoceansday.org

8 - 12 - Open Source Circular Economy Days

12 - World Day Against Child Labour W. Annual event. ilo.org

17 - World Day to Combat Desertification W. Annual event. unccd.int


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July - Plastic Free July. Annual event.

11 - World Population Day W. Annual event. unfpa.org

18 - Mandela Day W. Annual event, a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. mandeladay.com


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6, 2016 - Hiroshima Day W, hiroshimacommittee.org

9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous People W. Annual event to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population and recognize the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.

12 - International Youth Day W


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15 - Free Money Day. Global invitation for people to explore, in a liberating and fun way, what it might be like if our relationship to money was a little different. freemoneyday.org, Post growth W / Free stuff

16 - Park(ing) Day W. Annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Always the third Friday in September. parkingday.org / Urban sustainability

21 - Zero Emissions Day, zeroemissionsday.org

21 - International Day of Peace W. On the International day of Peace : "Do something, anything to make the world a better place" internationaldayofpeace.org

22 - World Carfree Day W. Annual, decentralized event. worldcarfree.net

22, 2018 - European Day of Sustainable Communities

23 - THE MEAL the-meal.net


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1 - World Vegetarian Day W. Annual event which initiates the month of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month worldvegetarianday.org

2 - International Day of Non-Violence W. Annual event observed on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

7 - World Day for Decent Work W. Annual event. During that day trade unions, union federations and other workers associations develop their actions to promote the idea of Decent Work. Actions vary from street demonstrations to music events or conferences held in many countries. World Day for Decent Work, ituc-csi.org

10 - World Mental health Day W. Annual event.

10, 2016 - World Homeless Day. Annual event. worldhomelessday.org

13 - International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction W, un.org

16 - World Food Day W. Annual event.

17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty W. Annual event.

19 - International Credit Union Day®, woccu.org


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16 - International Day for Tolerance W. Annual event.

19 - International Men's Day W. Annual event.

19 - World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims W. Annual event. Third Sunday in November. World Day of Remembrance / Road safety

24 - International Buy Nothing Day W, "a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption", and kick off a season of supporting local economy and family. Activities


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2 - 10 - inaugural MAKE SMTHNG Week, a worldwide event focused on the maker movement / Ethical consumerism

9 - International Anti-Corruption Day W. Annual event. actagainstcorruption.org

10 - Terra Madre Day, slowfood.com

11 - International Mountain Day W. Annual event to encourage sustainable development in mountains. un.org


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International Year of Pulses W

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International Year of Soils W
"The joint crises of climate change and biodiversity erosion can both be addressed by planting gardens everywhere—full of biodiversity; full of the celebration of life, well-being, and abundance. Gardens of hope everywhere. Farms that give real food. We will continue to create the other world that we are sowing—seed by seed, inch-by-inch of soil, person by person, community by community—until all of this planet is embraced in one circle of a resurgent life and resurgent love. We will not give up." Vandana Shiva, commondreams.org


International Year of Family Farming
2014 International Year of Family Farming, Fao
Can Family Farming make poverty history? CNN, July 10, 2013


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Decade of Action for Road Safety W
Officially proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2010. Its goal is to stabilize and reduce the forecast level of road traffic deaths around the world. It is estimated that 5 millions lives could be saved on the world's roads during the Decade. / Road safety

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United Nations Decade on Biodiversity W
The goal of significantly reducing biodiversity loss includes special focus on supporting actions that address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, including production and consumption patterns.

See also[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: International observance, List of environmental dates

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