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| Last Updated:: 13/07/2015

Environment Calendar for School Eco-Club



12 January

National Youth Day

The Birthday of Swami Vivekananda, India’s great thinker and patron of youth, is observed as National Youth Day. It seeks to encourage the young to work for national integration and communal harmony and to engage in acts of courage and adventure, realizing their potential for constructive contributions to society.

The National Youth Day is observed all over India at schools and colleges, with processions, speeches, recitations, music, youth conventions, seminars, Yogasanas, presentations, competitions in essay-writing, recitations and sports on 12 January every year. 

30 January

National Cleanliness Day

'Cleanliness' is an inevitable part of everyone's life. Cleanliness is the absence of dirt, including dust, stains, bad smells and garbage. Most public places in India, be it street, a lane, a government office, a railway station, a bus station, a hospital, or a public park, look filthy. The offensive sites of littered garbage, overflowing sewage, defaced walls, people in hordes easing out in the public and water logged areas dot our city and country.

A clean environment is a pleasure to live in. Personal Cleanliness & Personal Hygiene would be meaningless if we are living in an unclean environment. Therefore, cleanliness should begin from our own surroundings and even as we clean our abode daily, we should spare some effort to keep clean our city, roads, office premises & public places as well. It is the duty of all to keep the environment clean and healthy. The cleanliness of a city, village or an entire town begins from the cleanliness of individual homes. This responsibility for environmental cleanliness is highlighted by the observation of National Cleanliness Day on January 30 th in India. The day calls to maintain high standards of cleanliness in our homes, work place, road/streets and public places. India needs to focus on cleanliness to claim a respectable place in the eyes, hearts, minds and souls of its countrymen as well as foreigners.

Events- Sanitation campaigns are held by panchayats and villages. Debates, painting, essay and quiz competitions are organized for the school children under the campaign. Individual toilets are constructed in villages to make the State completely free of open defecation. More measures are taken for the management of solid waste and dirty water. Solutions to garbage segregation, vermin-composting of organic waste, sanitary landfills for inorganic waste, drains to channel water, waste water treatment and reuse, biogas for cooking and regular cleaning of the village are advised. The Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP) Government of India has initiated an incentive scheme for fully sanitized and open defecation free gram panchayats, blocks, and districts called the ‘Nirmal Gram Puraskar’. Students and educational institutions play a major role in generating mass awareness.

 2 February

 World Wetland Day

On 2nd February 1971, at Ramsar in Iran, an intergovernmental treaty was signed to promote country-level actions and international cooperation in protecting wetlands. This day is celebrated to commemorate the signing of the Ramsar convention and to raise public awareness of the ecological value and benefits of wetlands. Wetlands are a very important part of our biodiversity and it is essential to see that they are well protected.

Less than 1 per cent of all water on Earth is available for human use and that too is under severe stress.

Things you can do to Conserve Water :

  • Repair leaking taps.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing or washing.
  • Collect and store rainwater wherever possible.
  • Install a flush tank that use less water.
  • Don’t use running water for rinsing vegetable, pulses, etc.
  • Think of ways for reusing water for instance, water used for rinsing vegetable can be reused for watering plants.

 28 February

 National Science Day

National Science Day is celebrated in India on February 28 every year to mark the discovery of Raman effect by C.V. Raman. The event is commemorated in honour of Sir C.V. Raman for his legacy and discovery of the Raman effect on February 28, 1928, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930.

It is necessary to highlight the role of science in the protection of the environment. This day should be taken as a platform to put forward the message. 

 21 March

 World Forestry Day

In 1971, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), declared March 21st as World Forestry Day. It is an opportunity for people to learn and reflect on the importance of forests in their day-to-day lives. This is important because forestry is often seen as being far removed from everyday life.

Celebrated the world over on what is the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, this day serves to remind us of the important contributions of forests and forestry to the health of the global environment and to maintaining the quality of human life. Activities such as the planting of trees and highlighting the urgency to increase the green cover. 

22 March

World Water Day

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.


23 March

World Meteorological Day

On 23 March 1950, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) was formed for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences. It has 189 members.

World Meteorological Day is celebrated worldwide by the meteorological community every year on March 23 to commemorate the organization of WMO. Each year a different theme is chosen for the occasion. WMO was designated a specialized agency of the United Nations System in 1951.

Various events as conferences, symposia and exhibitions for meteorological professionals, community leaders and the general public are held on World Meteorological Day.

World Meteorological Day marks the presentation of awards for meteorological research like, The International Meteorological Organization Prize, Professor Dr. Vilho Väisälä Award and The Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award.

Many countries issue postage stamps or special postage stamp cancellation marks to celebrate World Meteorological Day.

These stamps bear the theme of the event or a country's meteorology achievements

Everyone has to be reminded that weather is an integral part of the environment. 

7 April

World Health Day

The World Health Organization (WHO) was constituted on this day in 1948. In the changing environment around us, health is becoming an important issue.

In 1948, the World Health Organization held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is celebrated to create “awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization (WHO)”. Activities – related to that particular theme and the resources provided – continue beyond 7 April, that is, the designated day for celebrating the World Health Day. 

18 April