So in case you missed it, Earth Day was this past Sunday, April 22. I didn’t plant a tree, or turn off my lights, or make a statue out of compost. You might say, the nearest I got to observing Earth Day was by being on Earth and knowing that it was daytime.
At least Earth Day is, like, a thing. It turns out there are dozens, maybe hundreds of “Days” every year that I didn’t realize I was ignoring. Here is just a brief list of them, as determined by PR email pitches I’ve received over the past month or so:
- March 14: Pi Day (OK, disclaimer, I knew about this one. But I’m a huge nerd.)
- March 22: World Water Day
- April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
and Oral Cancer Awareness Month
and National Minority Health Month
- April 4: National Walking Day
- May 8: My personal favorite, Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
“The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), is raising awareness about the importance of comprehensive plans and emergency preparedness to ensure the safety of pets during natural disasters. The NAPPS Emergency Planning Committee has provided a 19-page emergency planning guide that includes specific recommendations for monitoring and coping with tornadoes, thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, winter storms, extreme heat, wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.”
What vital causes will we ignore tomorrow?