Make a difference and help the planet by attending these 9 environmental events
2020 leaves us with just ten years left to save our planet from irreparable climate catastrophe and damage, making our decisions more important than ever before. It’s our last chance to tell global organisations and world governments that we prioritise the health of this Earth over anything else. The call to act is now, and that call is not a whisper in the wind but a terrifying scream and howl. The imperative nature of this galling environmental predicament has led to more direct actions and events being created rapidly. The abundance of opportunity to rally and coordinate has led to unprecedented amounts of community involvement, marches, rallies and protests.
With that concern in mind, below is a small list of major, environmental events for the first half of the year which are happening in the United Kingdom and the world.
Additionally, every Friday, you can participate in a local climate strike. Look on Fridays for Future for more details regarding locations, times, etc. Extinction Rebellion, a climate action group founded in the UK which emphasises direct actions, also has many events on Friday and Saturday.
March 3rd, 2020
Last year, World Wildlife Day took place on March 1st, and focused on Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which focuses on preserving and conserving the health and resources of the ocean, as well as protecting marine life. “Sustaining all life on Earth” has been announced as this year’s theme in Geneva during the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
According to the UN, there will be a variety of global and national environmental events, as well as opportunities to engage in World Wildlife Day on social media platforms. At the UN Headquarters in New York, there will be a film festival and international youth art competition.
March 22nd, 2020
This day focuses on educating people about the intricate and undeniable link between climate change and water. Their current slogan, “we cannot afford to wait,” urgently calls on people to change their lifestyle habits through using water more efficiently.
The website shows which cities around the world are hosting an event or competition for World Water Day. For example, in Portland, Oregon, there is a film festival. In Romania, there is a “Water for the future” models contest open to students enrolled in 1st grade through 12th.
March 26th, 2020
This sustainability summit is meant to bring together the world’s leaders in industry, policy, and science so discussion about what paths of action can be taken to help our planet. The Economist makes it clear that not enough is currently being done to meet the internationally agreed goals, such as limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Attending this conference will not only be educational, but will offer you the chance to meet others who also prioritise our home. Some of the speakers include Hoesung Lee, Virginie Helias, Guy Grainger, Binesh Desai, and many others.
March 28th, 2020
8:30pm to 9:30pm
An event that anyone can take part in from the comfort of their own home! It was originally started in Sydney, Australia as a lights-off event, but has grown to be a symbol of commitment to sustainability in over 7,000 cities and 187 countries. Currently organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), you sign up online to take part in Earth Hour on their website
April 22nd, 2020
This year’s Earth Day marks the 50th celebrated Earth Day. Cities all over the world are participating by holding parades and direct action events. The next global climate strike, inspired by the school strikes of Greta Thunberg, will be happening on this day and continuing for a full 72 hours!
Want to find out about events you can participate in? Visit their website and scroll down for the map, where you can see registered events near you!
May 9th, 2020
Focusing on innovations in tech and science that empower people and the planet, as well as endorse responsible production and gender equality in workplaces. In Reading, there is a World Fairtrade Day Panel discussion with speakers such as Erinch Sahan and Justin Avern on the 10th of May at 7:30pm. In Edinburgh, there is a World Fairtrade Day concert and Ceilidh in The Usher Hall, which will also have Erinch Sahan and Martin Rhodes speaking. In Dublin, the Global Action Plan set to educate the public about Fairtrade will occur from the 11th to 15th of May. It will be held online through a social media awareness raising campaign.
May 20th, 2020
World Bee Day was set on May 20th in honor of Anton Janša, who introduced new beekeeping techniques in the 1700s in Slovenia. World Bee Day brings awareness to the pivotal role that pollinators play in our world, as well as how we can alter our own lifestyles and malpractices to be more considerate of pollinator’s resources and habitats.
June 5th, 2020
Hosted by Colombia, there will be an emphasis on biodiversity as this year’s theme. The United Nations utilises this day to promote awareness and action for the environment, stimulating people to start thinking green. Since its start in 1974, more than 100 countries celebrate this day. Want to get involved in the UK? Check out this page.
June 8th, 2020
World Oceans Day is to commemorate and remember how important the ocean is to our daily life and civilisation; kelp beds provide the majority of the oxygen we breathe and food we eat. There are over 100 events occuring in the United Kingdom.
Feature written by Jennalynn Fung