International Ocean Cleanup Day
What: International Ocean Cleanup Day
When: 19 September 2020
Where: 97 countries
Description: On the third Saturday of September each year, volunteers around the world take part in the world’s biggest coastal cleanup, known as International Coastal Cleanup Day. The event has been held internationally each year for over 20 years, when people head to the beaches and begin removing debris and rubbish from shorelines, waterways and oceans.
Background: The problem of marine debris does not necessarily start in the ocean, but is dumped further inland and washed down into the oceans. Statistics from the 1999 ICC showed that 59% of debris collected was from land sources. Each year there is a vast increase in the number of marine animals injured or entangled in debris found in the oceans. Turtles mistake floating plastic bags as food and thousands of seals, whales, dolphins, sharks and birds die from entanglement in fishing line and other debris.
What: UNFCCC COP25
When: 2-13 Dec 2020
Where: Santiago, Chile
URL: COP25 Chile
Description: This will be the 25th annual summit of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 15th session of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 15) to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, and the second session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 2).
What: Earth Hour
When: Saturday 29 March 2020 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. during participants’ local time.
Description: Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.