Environmental Calendar

World Wetland Day

February 2

  • Wetlands act like sponges, slowing the flow of floods by temporarily storing
  • Wetlands can serve as groundwater recharging zones, improving the flow of streams
  • Wetlands provide breeding nestling, rearing and wintering habitats for fish and other wildlife species

World Sustainable Energy Days

First Week of March

  • The World Sustainable Energy Days' celebration is an annual event that brings together participants interested in a diverse range of energy issues
  • The program includes conferences and seminars that will present the latest developments in the fields of sustainable energy production and use, energy efficiency, and renewable energy sources for buildings, industry and transport

International Day of Forests

March 21

  • Trees not only serve mankind in material terms but also provide clean air to breathe
  • Trees give oxygen, fruits, wood and raw material for paper, cloth and medicine
  • Trees are our friends and give us shadow during summers  
  • Trees protect our houses from devastating storm

World Water Day

March 22

  • This day brings an opportunity to inform the world about the problems of people who do not have access to clean water
  • The decision to celebrate this day has been taken recently as drinking water sources are fast depleting
  • The world must wake up to the problem and begin conserving it

World Meteorological Day

March 23

  • This day serves as a reminder that weather is an integral part of the environment

Earth Day

April 22

  • Earth Day is observed all over the world on April 22 each year to celebrate gains and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress
  • We all should play our role to protect the earth planet
  • Earth Day is a time to look at pollution and poverty problems and to take actions for solution of these issues

International Noise Awareness Day

Last Wednesday of April

  • The unwanted sound is called noise pollution
  • Noise pollution can cause annoyance and aggression, hypertension, high stress levels, hearing loss, and other harmful effects
  • EPA encourages people to plant maximum trees as they contribute in noise reduction

International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22

  • Biodiversity is crucial to the wellbeing of the environment
  • It provides food for human and for cultivated animals
  • It serves as a potential agent for crop improvement and biological control
  • Its ecosystem services are helpful for protection of water resources, soils formation and pollution breakdown

World Environment Day

June 5

  • In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly designated June 5 as World Environment Day for promoting public awareness on environment
  • The purpose of celebration of World Environment Day is to raise awareness among people about environmental issues and empowering people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

June 17

  • The purpose of observing this day is to create awareness among general public about increasing dangers of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD)
  • The importance of this day has become more crucial for Pakistan because of the looming threats posed by climate change' impact, which are likely to affect food and economic security of the vulnerable population in arid and semi-arid regions of the country

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

September 16

  • The Ozone layer shields the earth from ultraviolet rays of the sun
  • Depletion of the Ozone layer will lead to an increase in the number of cases of skin cancer and cataracts
  • Increased UV radiation may damage crops, kill plankton that serve as a food source for marine life, and even have adverse effects on the human immune system

World Maritime Day Celebrations

Last Week of September

  • The United Nations (UN), via the International Maritime Organization (IMO), created World Maritime Day to celebrate the International Maritime Industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping
  • The event date varies by year and country but it is always in the last week of September

Wildlife Week

October 1 - 7

  • EPA celebrates this week to inspire people to protect wildlife

World Habitat Day

First Monday of October

  • The earth is the habitat of all living creatures
  • Increasing human activities is threatening the habitat of other living things
  • EPA celebrates this day to raise awareness among people to adapt sustainable lifestyle

International Day for Eradication of Poverty

October 17

  • Poverty is a major concern in the environmental degradation of the country
  • Poor people are more exposed to the risks and hazards of their living environment
  • Global environment organizations and EPA are working together to create better environment for everyone

Mountain Day

December 11

  • 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
  • The United Nations General Assembly has designated December 11, from 2003 onwards, as “International Mountain Day”
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was the designated lead coordinating agency for International Year of Mountains and is mandated to observance of International Mountain Day