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Environmental Days In October 2024

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This October there are awareness days for freshwater dolphins, lemurs and okapi as well as days to raise awareness of e-waste, human habitats and sustainability.

The key environmental dates, awareness days, weeks, months and environmental events in October 2024.

World Habitat Day

Date: 3rd October

A UN designated day, World Habitat Day is celebrated on the first Monday in October and launches Urban October.

The day recognises the basic right of all to adequate shelter.


Energy Efficiency Day

Date: 2nd October 2024

Energy Efficiency Day is a US based day to encourage everyone to make thier home more energy efficient as a way to save enrgy and cut pollution.

It is held on the first Wednesday in October each year.


World Animal Day

Date: 4th October

World Animal Day was created to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.

Coordinated by the Naturewatch Foundation, to create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings.


International E-Waste Day

Date: 14th October

International E-Waste Day was founded to raise the profile of the global e-waste issue and encourage everyone to recycle e-waste, no matter how small.

It also promotes the correct treatment of electrical and electronic equipment to enable reuse, refurbishment and recycling. 


World Migratory Bird Day

Date: 14th October

World Migratory Bird Day is held on the second Saturday of May and October each year. Part of the United Nations Environment Programme it focuses on a theme each year.

The theme for 2024 is Water which will focus on the topic of water and its importance for migratory birds.


International Sawfish Day

Date: 17th October

International Sawfish Day is a day to celebrate this endangered species and to highlight endangered sawfish and the challenges they face in our world's oceans.


World Okapi Day

Date: 18th October

World Okapi Day is aday to celbrate and educate people about the okapi, which is also known as the forest giraffe, Congolese giraffe and zebra giraffe, is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa.


Sustainability Day

Date: 23rd October 2024

Sustainability Day is held on the last Wednesday in October.

International Sloth Day

Date: 20th October

International Sloth Day is a day to to learn about these amazing animals, raise awareness about the problems they are facing.

Native to south and central America, they are in danger from hunters and poachers.


International Wombat Day

Date: 22nd October

International Wombat Day is celebrated mainly in the wombat's homeland of Australia, where it celebrates these marsupials.

Wombats are endangered due to its small population size, predation by wild dogs, competition for food because of overgrazing by cattle and sheep, and disease.


International Snow Leopard Day

Date: 23rd October

The snow leopard, or ounce, is a species of large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia.


International Day of Climate Action

Date: 24th October

International Day of Climate Action is organised by to combat climate change.

Freshwater Dolphin Day

Date: 24th October

There are five species of dolphin that live exclusively in freshwater rivers. These relatively small creature's habitat has been adversely affected by agricultural, ranching and industrial activities, as well as by the use of dams for hydroelectric power.

This day raises awareness of freshwater dolphins and the challenges that they face.

World Lemur Day

Date:  25th October 2024

World Lemur Day  is celebrated on the last Friday of October. Lemurs are facing extinction in their native Madagascar due to deforestation, hunting for bushmeat, live capture for the exotic pet trade, and climate change.


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