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.
12-16th November 2012 - Go to the Planet Ark website to see how you can get involved!
World Wetlands Day marks the signing ofthe 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.
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.
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.
The World Environment Day theme selected for 2012 was "Green Economy: Does it include you?" underpins the concept of an economy that is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive. The theme also supports one of the main objectives of the Rio+20 Summit, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20 to 22 June 2012.