Global Wind Day

June 15, 2010 - Leave a Response

The activities organized on Global Wind Day (wind farm open days, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, sporting contests, theatre shows…) are part of an awareness campaign for the promotion of wind energy. To get information on the activities organized in your country visit: http://www.globalwindday.org/index.php?id=6.

In the EU-quarter of Brussels you can check out a wind turbine blade in its actual size. Information panels placed nearby point out the benefits of wind power. Hear is a video of the installation of the blade:

There is also a European Wind Energy Association Facebook page.

For more information on Global Wind Day and the benefits of wind power, visit the Global Wind Day website.

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World Blood Donor Day

June 14, 2010 - Leave a Response

As it is stated on the World Blood Donor Day website, this celebration, organized each year by the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations since 1995, is an opportunity to express gratitude to those who donate their blood in order to save lives, without expecting anything in return.

For more information visit the WBDD website: http://wbdd.org/index.php?id=1.

It can be easy to save a life.

World Canoeing Day

June 13, 2010 - Leave a Response

Each year World Canoeing Day is celebrated to promote the sport of canoeing. It is a good way to exercise and have fun at the same time. If you’re interested you can join the WCD Facebook group for information on the many activities organised today: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=128665017143931&index=1.

When canoeing near the Victoria Falls, you could even meet elephants.

World Brain Tumor Day – World Ocean Day

June 8, 2010 - Leave a Response

The commemoration, first initiated by the German Brain Tumor Association (the Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V.) in the year 2000, is held each year to show support for the patients diagnosed with a brain tumor and remember the people who lost their lives because of it. We can show our solidarity today by wearing a gray ribbon. For more info on this disease, for example the fact that brain tumours are the most common solid tumours in children, visit the GBTA website: http://www.hirntumorhilfe.de/en/home/.

The gray ribbon

Today we also honor our planet’s oceans. They are essential because they regulate the climate, provide food and play an important role in international trade. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Our Oceans: Opportunities and Challenges”. An interesting website about this event is the World Ocean Network site: http://www.worldoceannetwork.org/EN/page-AGIR_ENSEMBLE-Journ__e_Mondiale_de_l_Oc__an-5-20.htm.

Oceans provide life underneath and above their surface.

World Environment Day

June 5, 2010 - Leave a Response

Established by the General Assembly in 1972, WED is a celebration to raise awareness of the environment and it’s vulnerability. It is also a call for political action.

This year’s theme is “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.”

Disasters like the recent PB oil spill really shouldn’t be happening. For more info visit the WED website: http://www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/

The planet needs YOU to go green!

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

June 4, 2010 - Leave a Response

This event was first established by the UN General Assembly in 1982. It’s an occasion to commemorate the innocent children victims of aggression throughout the world.

World No Tobacco Day

May 31, 2010 - Leave a Response

WNTD, created by the World Health Organization, is celebrated each year to inform people on the dangers of smoking and the business practices of the tobacco industry. Today is meant to be a 24-hour period of total abstinence of all forms of tobacco consumption all over the world. This year’s theme is “Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women”.

The smokers’ response is that it’s their right to smoke but they have to know that their behavior also affects non-smokers around them. For more info on the event visit the WHO website: http://www.who.int/tobacco/communications/events/wntd/en/.

If you want to try to quit smoking and need some help check out this useful Guide to Quitting Smoking: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ped/content/ped_10_13x_guide_for_quitting_smoking.asp

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

May 29, 2010 - Leave a Response

The UN General Assembly describes this celebration as “an observance to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.”

For more information about the activities of the UN Peacekeepers visit: http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/.

Blue Helmets

European Neighbours’ Day, National Multiple Birth Awareness Day, World Play Day, Don’t Fry Day

May 28, 2010 - Leave a Response

On European Neighbours’ Day we are all encouraged to invite our neighbours for a drink, a BBQ or even just a chat and have a good time. This years it’s the 10th edition of the event as it was launched in Paris in 2000. Check out the website: http://www.european-neighbours-day.com/ for tips and pictures of previous editions.

In Canada it’s the National Multiple Birth Awareness Day today. The event was established in 2005, the birth year of the Dionne quintuplets, and is organized each year to help us understand the challenges that brings a multiple-birth to the new borns and their families. Fore more info, visit http://www.multiplebirthscanada.org/english/awareness.php.

World Play Day is also celebrated each year on this date to emphasize the importance of playing in children’s (and adults’ !) lives. Children learn to talk, make friends, exercise, … through play. Take a look at the WPD website: http://www.itla-toylibraries.org/wpdv.htm.

Playing is very important for children

And in the US the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention organizes Don’t Fry Day to encourage us to protect our skin in the sun now that the summer is on its way. (http://www.skincancerprevention.org/Events/DontFryDay/tabid/113/Default.aspx)


Meryl Streep Day

May 26, 2010 - Leave a Response

Today fans of Meryl Streep celebrate the brilliant actress by organising Meryl Streep marathons, …

There is also a Meryl Streep Day fan page on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Meryl-Streep-Day-27th-May-3/301113712654

Meryl Streep

After Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock both won the award for Best Actress at the Critics' Choice Awards on January 15, 2010, they celebrated with a big kiss.