Platypus Month is a time to raise awareness of this elusive mammal. August is usually a good time to spot platypus as they are working hard to find food as the winter ends.
National Science Week is an annual event with talks, shows and activities for all age groups - not just schools and universities. Its aim is to celebrate the vast contribution of scientists to Australian society.
Events include astronomy nights, robot assembly and a trip to Mars. Check the events page of the National Science week website for more information!
Do The Right Thing!
Save the date! Keep Australia Beautiful Week 2017 will take place from 21 – 27 August and we’ll be encouraging travellers to pick up 1 piece of rubbish per day for the week.
Roadside litter is the leading type of litter found in Australia and hugely detrimental to our environment.
Cutting litter requires everybody to be involved; your local authority, waste contractors, shops, pubs, businesses, community members and travellers all have a role to play.
That’s why KAB is partnering with various local government areas around Australia and travel groups. Engaging the local community is vital as well as the travelling community. We all need to work together to tackle litter.
For over 40 years Keep Australia Beautiful has led policy change on best practice litter prevention and removal through grassroots programs.
Biodiversity Month is held in September each year and aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world.
The Australian Government through the Department is committed to protecting Australia’s unique biodiversity. Most of our broad range of programs and initiatives aim to ensure our important environments and habitats are preserved for future generations of Australians to appreciate and enjoy.
Landcare Week is an annual celebration encouraging everyone, wherever they live and whatever they do, to get involved in the Landcare community and help protect and restore our country’s valuable natural resources. Find a group near you, start your own or visit the Landcare events calendar to find an event in your community.
Cool Australia's Enviroweek is a challenge to young Australians to take actions, both small and large, towards reducing their carbon footprint.
Some of these actions include monitoring and reducing heating and cooling at school or at home, finding reusable replacements for shopping bags, toothbrushes, bottles and more, as well as learning to trade and upcycle old products!
National Organic Week Australia (NOW) is a week of targeted media and locally-held activities designed to increase awareness of the benefits of organic products and farming production systems and accelerate the uptake of these in the wider Australian community and environment.
“As consumers, you want food you can recognise and trust. Buying organic products supports food safety, health, good nutrition and the environment. Products that carry the logo of an accredited organic certification body are guaranteed to be genuine organic.” Costa Georgiadis, Ambassador of National Organic Week.
The tenth annual Sustainable House Day on Sunday 11 September will be a huge day. Showcasing some of Australia’s most environmentally sustainable homes to the public as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling and other practices designed to lessen our impact on the environment. Environmental awareness – or being ‘green’ – is great, but putting it into practice around your own home is the best contribution you can make to living in harmony with our planet. Find out directly from home owners who’ve put sustainable living into practice, about reducing waste around your home, saving water, natural home heating and cooling and more.
Buy Nothing New Month encourages people to stop and ask if they truly need to buy that new product, or whether they can buy second hand, rent or simply go without!
National Water Week is dedicated to the protection of our water resources, reminding everybody of the dangers of using water wastefully.
From the 18th until the 24th of October, national events teach communities about catchment management, wastewater systems, quality monitoring and more!
National Ride2Work Day is the largest celebration of commuter riding in Australia. Held annually in October, the day celebrates the benefits of riding to work and brings together the communities that support it.
The main objective of the day is to normalise the idea of riding to work and encourage more Australians to ride to work on a regular basis. It encourages people who have never ridden to work before to give it a go, and it allows frequent riders to stay motivated and encourage their work mates to get involved.
In November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. Now in its 21st year, this established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by:
- Promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives
- Giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.
World Fisheries day is celebrated every year on November 21 throughout the world by the fisherfolk communities. Fishing communities worldwide celebrate this day through rallies, workshops, public meetings, cultural programs, dramas, exhibition, music show, and demonstrations to highlight the importance of maintaining the world's fisheries..
A recent United Nations study reported that more than two-thirds of the world's fisheries have been overfished or are fully harvested and more than one third are in a state of decline because of factors such as the loss of essential fish habitats, pollution, and global warming.
The World Fisheries Day helps in highlighting the critical importance to human lives, of water and the lives it sustains, both in and out of water. Water forms a continuum, whether contained in rivers, lakes, and ocean.
World Wetlands Day marks the signing of the Conventions on Wetlands on February 2nd 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
February 2 was designated as World Wetlands Day in order to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general, and the Ramsar Convention in particular.
Australia's largest environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day encourages all Australians to register areas in need of a clean and then invite locals to join the cleanup. In 2015, over 500,000 Australians took part in cleaning up over 13,000 tonnes of rubbish!
In Clean Ups gone by, volunteers have found countless reusable items, unearthed natural splendours buried in rubbish and even sculpted art from recycled waste.
World Water Day is organized worldwide to increase people's awareness of water's importance in environment, agriculture, health and trade. It's a key date to champion the right of people everywhere to affordable, safe drinking water, close to home.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on December 22, 1992, declaring March 22 to be the World Day for Water each year. Countries were encouraged to develop activities to highlight local needs for water. The first World Day for Water was observed in 1993.
The Water for Life Decade was launched on World Water Day in 2005. This decade will run from 2005 to 2015 and give a high profile to women's participation and the UN's water-related programs.
Better Soil, Better Life, Better Future
International Composting Awareness Week Australia (ICAW), is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness about the importance of this valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products. We can compost to help scrap carbon pollution by avoiding landfilling organic materials and helping to build healthier soils.
The Centre for Organic & Resource Enterprises (CORE) is a dedicated marketing and research network for participants in the resource recovery, organic and clean-tech sectors.
Within these two programs CORE promotes and manages the key aspects that lead to community change towards organic products and practices.
Proclaimed by the United Nations as International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22 is a day for increasing understanding of biodiversity issues including diversity loss, habitat destruction and renewal.
World Environment Day (WED), commemorated each year on 5 June is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.
WED was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Since then, it has been held every year, always on the same date, and with an ever growing list of participating countries.
WED is a people's event with global participation. It has previously been celebrated in many ways, with people all over the world getting involved in street rallies, bicycle parades, concerts, school activities and tree planting as well as recycling and clean-up campaigns.
The day is also marked by a global summit attended by important environmental and governmental representatives, each year held by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at a new host city.
June 8 is the annual World Ocean Day created in 1992 at the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and was officially confirmed by the United Nations in 2009. Organizations and individuals from around the world come together on this day to celebrate the oceans, reflect on their importance in our lives, and take time to do something good for our blue planet.
On this Day of the Oceans, let us -
- Change the way we look at oceans -what the sea means to us, and what it can give.
- Use the opportunity to learn more about the oceans - many of us do not realize the profusion of diverse and beautiful creatures and habitats that are found in oceans, and how our actions affect them.
- Do something positive for the oceans - by finding ways we can alter our daily lives to conserve the oceans and reduce the our impacts on its fragile ecosystems
Recognised by the United Nations as a day of celebration and awareness of the importance of the world's oceans, World Oceans Day asks communities to consider issues in their coasts and oceans, including fishing, pollution and habitat destruction.
A day for recognising the importance of the wind in shaping our natural environment - particularly in the renewable energy debate. Talks are held by experts in wind power technology and discussion is held online.
Celebrated world-wide, June 17 marks the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. This is part of the UN campaign to tackle global environmental deterioration in particular by combatting the degradation of drylands. This year's theme highlights the social dimensions of desertification: migration and poverty.
Desertification is land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities. Combating desertification includes activities which are part of the integrated development of land in arid, semi-arid, and dry sub-humid areas for sustainable development which are aimed at prevention and/or reduction of land degradation; rehabilitation of partly degraded land; and reclamation of desertified land.
Worldwide nearly 130 million hectares are 'lost' for ever due to degradation and can no longer be used for food production. "Desertification" is not the spread of deserts but the creation of desert-like conditions in the dry lands, which make up 35% of the Earth's land surface. It occurs when the natural vegetation cover is reduced in its cover and the topsoil becomes susceptible to erosion. This initiates a number of other problems including increase surface runoff and stream discharge, reduction of water infiltration and groundwater recharge, change in surface microclimate or reduction in native plants.
The impact of global desertification is threatening the livelihoods of some 1.2 billion people who depend on land for most of their needs. More than 135 million people – the equivalent to the population of Germany and France combined - are at risk of being displaced as a consequence of desertification.
"Drought and desertification threaten the livelihood of over 1 billion people in more than 110 countries around the world. Every year, an estimated $42 billion in income and 6 million hectares of productive land are being lost because of desertification, land degradation and declining agricultural productivity, and 135 million people who depend primarily on land for their livelihood are at risk of being displaced" - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.