Each month, One Planet Life hightlights days of observsance ancd activities that promote awareness and make a difference in the world. This month, our spotlight is on:

Diversity on Earth

We don’t want to even imagine living in a world of all sameness.  Our planet is a wonderful living canvas for a rich diversity of people and cultures, wildlife, and plants. We relish the budding trees in spring, a kaleidoscope of flowers in summer, the rich colors of autumn leaves, and a blanket of snow on evergreens in the winter.  As we start a new year, let’s make a commitment to deepen our appreciation of the diversity on earth and pledge to live more sustainably in harmony with nature.

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  • 1/24 – International Day of Education
  • 1/28 – World Privacy Day
  • 1/24 – International Day of Education
  • 1/28 – World Privacy Day
    • Data Privacy Day (known in Europe as Data Protection Day)[1] is an international event that occurs every year on 28th January.[2] The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. It is currently observed in the United States, Canada, Israel[3] and 47 European countries.

  • 2/20 – World Day of Social Justice
  • 2/21 – International Mother Language Day
  • 2/20 – World Day of Social Justice
    • Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality, or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

  • 2/21 – International Mother Language Day
    • Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. Yet, due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity. Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression — valuable resources for ensuring a better future — are also lost.

March OPL Days
  • 3/1 – Zero Discrimination Day
  • 3/3 – World Wildlife Day
  • 3/20 – International Day of Happiness
  • 3/21 – International Day of Forests
  • 3/22 – World Water Day
  • 3/1 – Zero Discrimination Day
    • On Zero Discrimination Day, 1 March, we celebrate the right of everyone to live a full and productive life—and live it with dignity. Zero Discrimination Day highlights how people can become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion, peace and, above all, a movement for change. Zero Discrimination Day is helping to create a global movement of solidarity to end all forms of discrimination.

  • 3/3 – World Wildlife Day
    • The animals and plants that live in the wild have an intrinsic value and contribute to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of human well-being and to sustainable development..

  • 3/20 – International Day of Happiness
    • It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.

  • 3/21 – International Day of Forests
    • Too precious to lose. When we drink a glass of water, write in a notebook, take medicine for a fever or build a house, we do not always make the connection with forests. And yet, these and many other aspects of our lives are linked to forests in one way or another.

  • 3/22 – World Water Day
    • World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

  • 4/5 – International Day of Conscience
  • 4/7 – World Health Day
  • 4/21 – World Creativity and Innovation Day
  • 4/22 – International Mother Earth Day
  • 4/5 – International Day of Conscience
    • The General Assembly invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as the private sector and civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to build the Culture of Peace with Love and Conscience in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through quality education and public awareness-raising activities, thereby fostering sustainable development.

  • 4/7 – World Health Day
    • The day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances,  collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response.

  • 4/21 – World Creativity and Innovation Day
    • There may be no universal understanding of creativity. The concept is open to interpretation from artistic expression to problem-solving in the context of economic, social and sustainable development. Therefore, the United Nations designated 21 April as World Creativity and Innovation Day to raise the awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development.

  • 4/22  –  International Mother Earth Day
    • This Mother Earth Day, coinciding with the Super Year of Biodiversity, is focused in its role as an indicator of the Earth’s health.

April OPL Days
May OPL Days
  • 5/8 – World Migratory Bird Day
  • 5/16 – International Day of Light
  • 5/16 – International Day of Living Together in Peace
  • 5/20 – World Bee Day
  • 5/21 – World of Cultural Diversity Day
  • 5/9 – World Migratory Bird Day
    • World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

  • 5/16 – International Day of Light
    • The International Day of Light celebrates the role light plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The celebration will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – building the foundation for peaceful societies.
      The International Day of Light is celebrated on 16 May each year, the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman. This day is a call to strengthen scientific cooperation and harness its potential to foster peace and sustainable development.
  • 5/16 – International Day of Living Together in Peace
    • Living together in peace is all about accepting differences and having the ability to listen to, recognize, respect and appreciate others, as well as living in a peaceful and united way.

  • 5/20 – World Bee Day
    • Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.
      Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity – a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals. They also serve as sentinels for emergent environmental risks, signaling the health of local ecosystems.Invasive insects, pesticides, land-use change and mono-cropping practices may reduce available nutrients and pose threats to bee colonies. To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.
  • 5/21 – World of Cultural Diversity Day
    • In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
      The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on 20 October 2005:
      1) Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
      2) Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals
      3) Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
      4) Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms
  • 6/3 – World Bicycle Day
  • 6/5 – World Environment Day
  • 6/8 – World Oceans Day
  • 6/3 -World Bicycle Day
    • The mobility needs of people who walk and cycle – often the majority of citizens in a city – continue to be overlooked, states Share the Road Programme Annual Report 2018. Even though the benefits of investing in pedestrians and cyclists can save lives, help protect the environment and support poverty reduction. Meeting the needs of people who walk and cycle continues to be a critical part of the mobility solution for helping cities de-couple population growth from increased emissions, and to improve air quality and road safety.

  • 6/5 – World Environment Day
    • The United Nations designated 5 June as World Environment Day to highlight that the protection and health of the environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world. The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.

  • 6/8 – World Oceans Day
    • We celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere. In the end, it is a day to celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.

We love the ocean! The hum of the waves rolling into shore, the spray when they touch down, the smell of water infused air, and all the life it supports. The ocean provides recreation, over 50% of the air we breathe, regulates our climate by heat transport from the equator to the poles, medicines, and transportation of goods and services. This rich wonderland needs our care and protection.

This month, especially on World Oceans Day, we are taking moments to remember the ocean and to think about how we can do our part to protect it. 
During one of our moments, we went onto the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s website and viewed their Open Sea Cam. Mesmerizing, a world different than on land and yet intimately connected to us.

How can we get involved and make changes to reduce the stress on the ocean?

Let’s consider making a conscientious decision to eat sustainable seafood.

Billions of people rely on seafood for nutrition and livelihoods. 
But did you know that 90 percent of fish populations are fished at or above sustainable levels? On the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s website, Seafood Watch is an easy way to learn the best seafood choices for sustainability.

Let’s eat sustainably to protect fish populations, habitats, and the communities that rely on them. 
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  • 7/11 – World Population Day
  • 7/30 – International Day of Friendship
  • 7/4 – International Day of Cooperatives
    • International Day of Cooperatives is an annual celebration of the cooperative movement that takes place on the first Saturday of July since 1923. Since 1995, the United Nations and the International Cooperative Alliance have been setting the theme for the celebration of #CoopsDay through the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC), a multi-stakeholder partnership of global public and private institutions that champions and supports people-centered and self-sustaining cooperative enterprises as leaders in sustainable development. The International Cooperative Alliance is a founding member.

  • 7/11 – World Population Day
    • World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987. This year’s World Population Day calls for global attention to the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. Twenty-five years have passed since that landmark conference, where 179 governments recognized that reproductive health and gender equality are essential for achieving sustainable development. In November, UNFPA, together with the governments of Kenya and Denmark, will be convening a high-level conference in Nairobi to accelerate efforts to achieve these unmet goals. On World Population Day, advocates from around the world are calling on leaders, policymakers, grassroots organizers, institutions and others to help make reproductive health and rights a reality for all.

  • 7/30 – International day of Friendship
    • Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples. To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship. Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.

7/11 – World Population Day 

On World Populationn Day, let’s take time today to reflect on our connected humanity. Every person you help is important.  

For more of our thoughts, read our blog on this topic

Contemplate these questions:

What does the world population mean to you?

What is your role in humanity?

How can you make a difference?

7/30 – International Day of Friendship

As people around the world deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrating friendship has become even more important. On this designated day of Friendship, here are few ways we recommend you celebrate friendship:

Reach out to friends near and far and let them know you are thinking of them. 

It’s amazing how quickly a simple text, email or video call from a friend can elevate a person’s mood. 

Volunteer in your community to help a stranger in need. 

Whether you support your local food bank, deliver meals to seniors in need, or lend a hand to your neighbor, sharing kindness and love will leave you and your new friend feeling grateful.

  • All this Month – Our focus is the topic of Climate Change and actions each of us can take to reshape and reverse the climate crisis.
  • It is the time to admit we are in a climate crisis
    • This month we encourage everyone to take time to enjoy people and the planet.

    • Read OPL blogs and recommended books to learn more about how you can take action to reduce your carbon footprint.
    • Take at least one action to start you personal journey toward helping the world achieve zero-net emissions by 2050.


Start simply, create a habit, and add a new challenge every month.  You’ll be surprised at how easily and quickly you can change actions that have a direct impact on our planet and quality of life. 

Here are a few ideas to get you started!

  • Plant a tree – just by planting one tree, YOU, combined with the rest of American families, can remove over a billion pounds of “greenhouse gases” from the atmosphere every year.
  • Use reusable shopping bags – if YOU took just one less plastic bag each month, combined with the rest of American shoppers, we would reduce millions of plastic bags every year.
  • Recycle cans, plastic and paper – If YOU and only 249 other people recycled one can a day, we would save the energy equivalent of 1,750-3,500 gallons of gasoline every year.
  • Say NO to Styrofoam – There is no such thing as safe Styrofoam or “polystyrene foam.”  It is completely non-biodegradable. Ask your favorite fast-food restaurant for paper cups or plates.  Also avoid styrofoam egg cartons, disposable picnic good and take out containers.
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  • 9/7 – International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies
  • 9/16 – International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
  • 9/21 – International Day of Peace
  • 9/28 – International Day for Universal Access to Information
  • 9/7 – International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies
    • UN Member States recognize the need to substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination by 2030, as well as to reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management by 2030. Clean air is important for the health and day-to-day lives of people, while air pollution is the single greatest environmental risk to human health and one of the main avoidable causes of death and disease globally. Air pollution disproportionately affects women, children and older persons, and also has a negative impact on ecosystems. UN Member States recognize the need to substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination by 2030, as well as to reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management by 2030. Clean air is important for the health and day-to-day lives of people, while air pollution is the single greatest environmental risk to human health and one of the main avoidable causes of death and disease globally. Air pollution disproportionately affects women, children and older persons, and also has a negative impact on ecosystems.

  • 9/16 – International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
    • On this World Ozone Day, we can celebrate our success. But we must all push to keep hold of these gains, in particular by remaining vigilant and tackling any illegal sources of ozone-depleting substances as they arise. We must also wholeheartedly support the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which entered into force on 1 January 2019. By phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent climate-warming gases, this amendment can avoid up to 0.4°C of global temperature rise by the end of the century, while continuing to protect the ozone layer. And by combining action to phase-down HFCs with energy efficiency improvements in the cooling industry, we can achieve bigger climate benefits

  • 9/21 – International day of Peace
    • Celebrate the International Day of Peace by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic. Stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred. Join us so that we can shape peace together.

  • 9/28 – International day for Universal Access to Information
    • Informed citizens can make informed decisions, for instance, when going to the polls. Only when citizens know how they are governed, can they hold their governments accountable for their decisions and actions. Information is power. Therefore, universal access to information is a cornerstone of healthy and inclusive knowledge societies. Universal access to information means that everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart information. This right is an integral part of the right to freedom of expression. The media plays a crucial role in informing the public about issues of interest, but it relies on the ability to seek and receive information, too. Hence, the right to universal access to information is also bound up with the right to freedom of the press.

9/16 –  World Ozone Day. It’s the 35th anniversary of the Vienna Convention and 35 years of governments, scientists, and industry working together to protect the global ozone layer.  Let’s take a moment to thank all of those who in 1985 raised the alarm concerning the importance of protecting the ozone layer (a fragile shield of gas that protects the earth from the harmful portion of the sun’s rays) and for helping preserve life on the planet.

It’s time for us to follow their example and to work together to avert climate change.  

YOU can make a difference.  Simple changes you make can have a direct and positive impact on reducing our carbon output.  Start by committing to the three-R’s: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

REDUCE:  Reduce the amount of plastic you consume is a step in the right direction. Avoid products sold in single-use plastic. Here are three easy first steps:

  • Use your own beverage container 
  • Use your own bags when shopping 
  • Say no to single-use plastic straws

REUSE: Here are are few ideas:

  • Buy used books and sell your well-read books to resellers
  • Donate or consign your gently used clothing and other items
  • Repurpose plastic and box packaging to organize a closet or pantry


  • Check with your local recycling program to become familiar with the materials that can be recycled.
  • Be sure to clean and recycle your plastic milk cartons, laundry detergent bottles, shampoo containers, etc. These are the plastics with a 1 or 2 within the recycle triangle icon found on the bottom of the container.
  • Support recycling by purchasing products made from recycled-content products.
  • 10/4 – World Habitat Day
  • 10/10 – World Mental Health Day
  • 10/31 – World Cities Day
  • 10/5 -World Habitat Day
    • The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The Day is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

  • 10/10 – World Mental Health Day
    • World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

  • 10/10 – World Migratory Bird Day
    • “Migratory birds can be found everywhere: in cities and in the countryside, in parks and in our backyards, in forests and in mountains, in deserts and in wetlands, and all along the shores. They connect to all of these habitats, and they connect us and the places where we live to people and places around the globe,” said Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of CMS. “Yet, migratory birds are under threat, from loss of habitat, climate change, poisoning, power lines, and illegal killing. We need to step up our actions across the world to better protect migratory birds and the habitats they need to survive and thrive.”

  • 10/31 – World Cities Day
    • The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239. The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

We kick off the month with World Habitat Day.  The focus this year is Housing for All.  Together we can make a difference.

Want to get involved? Spread the word about World Habitat Day on social media, or volunteer with your local Habitat for Humanity to help families achieve the strength and stability they need to build a better life.

World Migratory Bird Day is Oct. 10th. Here are some of the simple steps that you can take to help the cause from your home: 

  • Make your windows visible to birds.
  • Keep cats indoors.
  • Reduce your plastic use.
  • Plant native plants for food and shelter.
October OPL Days
  • 11/10 – World Science Day for Peace and Development
  • 11/13 – World Kindness Day
  • 11/10 – World Science Day for Peace and Development
    • Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

  • 12/5 – World Soil Day
  • 12/10 – Human Rights Day
  • 12/14 – World Energy Conservation Day
  • 12/20 – International Human Solidarity Day
  • 12/5 -World Soil Day
    • This year, by addressing the increasing challenges of soil management, the FAO campaign “Stop soil erosion, Save our future” aims to raise awareness of the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being. By encouraging people around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health, the campaign also aims to raise the profile of healthy soil. If we do not act soon, erosion will; the fertility of soil will continue to be adversely affected at an alarming rate, threatening global food supplies and food safety.

  • 12/10 – World Rights Day
    • Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

  • 12/20 – International Human Solidarity Day
    • International Human Solidarity Day 1) a day to celebrate our unity in diversity; 2) a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements; 3) a day to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity; 4) a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication; a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.

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