Green Events And Environmental Awareness

The first green events were born out of the green awareness that took place by the end of the sixties. Suddenly, nature’s wellbeing became important and people started to think about their own place in the world and their impact on the Earth's fragile ecosystems.

In an attempt to raise more awareness and to contribute to a better world, several events were started all over the world.

Here is a list of some of those events, their history and importance.

Read about the experiences of other readers who attended some of the eco events held.

One of the first green events to take place was Earth Day. Earth Day was founded by an United States Senator called Gaylord Nelson and was first held on April 22nd 1970. Though it started as a national event, Earthday events went global in 1990 and were celebrated by 141 nations. Earth day activities were responsible for raising environmental awareness and contributing to recycling efforts all over the world. Earth Day is held on every 22nd of April – the official beginning of the spring – by more than 175 countries.

World Environment Day is one of the most important green events all over the world and it is the main environmental event by the United Nations. World Environment Day was launched in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly and was first held on 5th of June 1973. Every year, World Environment Day is held in a different city, has a different theme and an international exposition that takes place in the week of 5th June. Simultaneously, activities are organized all over the world, like beach cleaning, green festivals and community events.

Of all the events in this list, Earth Hour has the shortest duration – it lasts only an hour each year. However, the impact can be substantial. This is because people all over the world are asked to shut off all their electrical devices for an hour – to pledge their support for the planet and to take a stand against climate change. The Earth Hour is organized by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) and it usually takes place on the last Saturday of March.

Car free days are green events aimed at promoting alternative, less polluting, oil-free means of transportation like walking and cycling in big cities. Although the 22nd of September is dubbed the World Car Free Day, events similar to it have sprung up in different countries, and are carried out in a variety of ways. While there were related events in the seventies and in the eighties, the first organized Free Car Day events were held in La Rochelle (France), Bath (UK) and Reykjavik (Iceland) in the mid-nineties.

The World Water Day is an event that takes place on the 22nd of March. This date has been declared the world day for water by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. Every year, one of the United Nations agencies steps up and promotes several international activities related to the theme selected for the World Water Day. The objective is to raise awareness concerning various water resource issues all over the world.

Green events like these and many more take place each year all over the world. Their main objective is to raise awareness and they have been slowly succeeding at their mission. It is because of initiatives and events like these that environmental issues are becoming more important in everybody's minds, in the mass media and in political agendas. Read about international climate change policy in recent years.

Top Green Events To Attend

Have you ever attended an eco event that you fully enjoyed and won’t give up the experience for anything?

Or did you attend one that disappointed you and made you felt like you had wasted your time?

Tell us about these environmental event(s), and why you would / won’t recommend that other green-goers attend the next run of it.

Please include the following details
- name and nature of the eco event(s)
- where and when it was held
- what made it special / disappointing
- photos (if any)

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