Every year, the Global Footprint Network calculates Earth Overshoot Day. The earlier this day arrives, the poorer our performance as protectors of our planet. Earth Overshoot Day 2011 takes place today, September 27th, meaning that "humanity has exhausted nature's budget for the year." We've depleted the stock of resources, such as fish and trees, that nature can regenerate in a year; we've created as much waste as the environment can absorb. Raise your own awareness by calculating your ecological footprint.
The theme of World Tourism Day in 2011 is "Tourism - Linking Cultures." The purpose of World Tourism Day is "to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value."
Today is Ancestor Appreciation Day, also known as Honor Your Ancestors Day. Celebrate by sharing photos and stories about your ancestors with younger members of your family, or by asking older relatives about your heritage. Such stories are priceless.
National Crush a Can Day is a holiday for fun or for going green, depending on your perception. Why not embrace both?
Ethiopia observes Maskal, the finding of the true cross, on September 27th. Maskal daisies are gathered in town squares, and processions of torch-bearers gather in the squares and light pyres.
Today is the fourth annual National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The event is designed to "raise gay men's awareness of the HIV epidemic and the role they can play in bringing it to an end."
Nothing speaks to childhood memories quite like a glass of cold chocolate milk. Try some today in honor of National Chocolate Milk Day. Add a pinch of salt for a special twist.
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