World Sustainable Energy Day(s)
In a world that is rapidly growing in population, one of the biggest challenges is to meet the ever-increasing demand for energy and at the same time conserve our natural resources and improve people's lives. Renewable energy sources and energy efficiency technologies offer solutions in many respects, pointing the way forward to a future that is sustainable not only from the environmental, but also from the social and economic point of view. As countless successful projects and initiatives from all over the world have already demonstrated, the development towards a sustainable energy model brings very positive results as it holds the potential of contributing to environmental protection, economic growth and the creation of jobs and prosperity all at the same time.
Red Cross Calling
The month of March is the Red Cross Calling month. It is Australian Red Cross's single biggest means of raising funds to help Australians, and WA Red Cross hopes to raise over $930,000 in order to continue its work with vulnerable people. Although there has been an increase in donations for international crisis and ongoing programs over the past year, there has been a decrease in support for local programs. Australian Red Cross is appealing to Australians not to forget the very real need that exists within their own communities.
International Polar Year (01 March 2007 – 01 March 2008)
The International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 will be an intense, internationally coordinated campaign of research that will initiate a new era in polar science. IPY 2007-2008 will include research in both polar regions and recognise the strong links these regions have with the rest of the globe. It aims to educate and involve the public, and to help train the next generation of engineers, scientists, and leaders.
Schools Clean Up Day
Friday Schools Clean Up Day is held on the Friday before Clean Up Australia Day every year. Each year thousands of school students across Australia participate in Friday Schools Clean Up Day to create a healthier environment for Australia and learn about ways to conserve our beautiful country.
Clean Up Australia Day
Every year hundred of thousands of Australians help clean up their local environment on Clean Up Australia Day. It's easy, fun and everyone can take part. Individuals and local groups can either organise a Clean Up site or volunteer to join an existing site. So do your bit for the environment and get involved in the nation's largest community based environmental event.
National Sea Week
Sea Week is the Marine Education Society of Australasia’s (MESA) major national public awareness campaign. It is conducted annually to focus community awareness, provide information and encourage an appreciation of the sea. MESA has a team of dedicated individuals and groups from around Australia who promote marine awareness and provide educational events in their region to make Sea Week a continuing success.
International Women’s Day
Every year, 8 March is celebrated around the world as International Women's Day. CyberSchoolBus have planned a program of information and fun for the classroom to celebrate International Women's Day with a focus on women, peace and politics. It includes a Teacher's Guide. The first IW D was held on 19 March 1911. About a million women and men participated in Denmark, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This date was chosen by German women to commemorate the day in 1848 when the Prussian king promised women the vote. The use of the date March 8 has continued since 1918.
Commonwealth Day: celebrating diversity
Commonwealth Day is an annual event during which all the fifty-four member countries of the Commonwealth celebrate their links with one another. Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March, and the day is celebrated around the world -- from the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen, who issues a special message, through Commonwealth Prime Ministers and Presidents to the citizens of the Commonwealth, particularly school children.
The Worlds Greatest Shave
The Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave is one of the nation's biggest and bravest fundraising events. Why don't you join 100,000 Australians in taking it all off and shaving or colouring your hair to raise funds for patient care and vital research? Everyone can participate... it's great fun to take part with a group of friends, school mates, colleagues or club members.
www.leukaemia.org.au/web/howtohelp or http://www.worldsgreatestshave.com/
Coles Freeway Bike Hike
The Coles Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma 2006 presented by Channel Seven is entering its third year in 2007! Once a year permission is granted to close down the Graham Farmer and Mitchell Freeways for a mass participation cycling event. This annual event attracts over 6500 participants and is a feature event of Bike Week in Perth.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid “pass laws”. Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142(XXI)).
Harmony Day, an Australian Government initiative that began in 1999, provides Australians with an opportunity to: think about our community’s success as a multicultural society; re-commit to continuing tolerance, goodwill and understanding among all groups; say no to racism. Harmony Day falls on 21 March each year and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
World Day for Water
Water and health are inter-twined in many ways and it is important to address the increasing need for adequate and safe water to protect both people and the planet. Concrete efforts are necessary to provide clean drinking water and improve health as well as to increase awareness world-wide of the problems and of the solutions. 22 March is a unique occasion to remind everybody that solutions are possible. Use the resources on this site to help turn words into action. Poverty reduction, economic impact, improved health and reduced drudgery for women are four of the key goals of water sanitation and hygiene programmes. The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) has launched its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All – WASH campaign.