Welcome to the Calendar!
This is still a work-in-progress, and eventually I’ll figure out how to have a handy little formatted calendar to make these events easier to track. For now we have a good old-fashioned list!
Let’s start with the weeks. There are currently four weeks throughout the year that will focus on a certain topic. Here are descriptions of each and the dates for their next occurrence.
Energy Week 12 – 18 November 2017
Energy Week will be the full week before [American] Thanksgiving (which is the fourth Thursday in November). This is a semi-arbitrary date but as I went through the UN’s observances I noticed that none of them relate to energy at all, so I picked November. During this week I will write about topics related to energy, from various types of renewables to tips on how to conserve energy at home.
Tree Week 28 January – 3 February 2018
Tree Week will be the week which includes Tu Bishvat (basically Jewish Arbor day). During this week I will write about trees! Trees are quite interesting and we encounter them more than we realize. This week will include topics like tree identification, deforestation, wood products, and so on.
Ocean Week 3 – 9 June 2018
Ocean Week will be the week that includes World Ocean Day on June 8th. This week will include posts about topics such as ocean acidification and interesting marine critters. Sort of like Discovery Channel’s Shark Week but a bit broader scope and a little less dangerous.
Animal Week 12 – 18 August 2018
Animal Week will be the week which includes the first of Elul (again, a Jewish thing, sorry!). This week will focus on topics about animals like habitat issues, animal behavior, and even how to help your pets live a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle (if they’re into that sort of thing).
I will also write about holidays and such, and will occasionally mention some of the lesser-known observances, many of them set forth by the United Nations. Because really, who wouldn’t want to celebrate World Toilet Day (19 November), Sustainable Gastronomy Day (18 June), and the International Day of Happiness (20 March)? I know I do!
This calendar will continue to evolve and grow so be sure to check back!