Helping you to plan climate action in February

Welcome to my monthly overview of what’s happening on the Sustainability Calendar. As always the full year-long calendar can be found here.

Overview

February is all about fair trade. Fairtrade fortnight highlights the people across the world who grow our food, drinks, cotton, etc.: farmers, workers and small suppliers. By focussing on these people the event hopes to ensure a fair and equitable wage for these people and to ensure that they are not exploited.

This year farmers and suppliers have undoubtedly been hit hard by Covid-19, and this will be part of the discussion, but the organisers have said that the main focus will be on climate change:

In Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, we will highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with. The facts are straightforward. Farmers and workers in the global south, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected. [Fairtrade Foundation 2021]

February also has days for bonobos, hippos, pangolins and polar bears, as noted below.

World Wetlands Day

An annual event which highlights the importance of wetlands. Wetlands include a wide range of habitats: from lakes and rivers to salt marshes and tidal zones. The theme this year is “wetlands and water”, looking specifically at the contribution of wetlands to freshwater.

This year is also the 50th anniversary of Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat, which world wetlands day marks

Ways you can help wetlands:

  • Share information about the importance of wetlands and their vulnerability on social media. If you can, make it relevant to your local wetlands/habitat types to make it speak to your networks
  • Take your litter and recycling home with you. Do a bit of litter picking
  • Donate to your local wetland charities, or help to promote their work or fundraising activities. This info can sometimes be a bit difficult to find but start by looking into which organisations manage or advocate for your local wetlands.

Everything Happening in February 2021

until 22 February: Big Schools’ Birdwatch (UK)

1 to 6 February: Dutch Circular Economy Week

2 February: World Wetlands Day

14 February: World Bonobo Day

15 February: World Hippopotamus Day

16 February: Release of “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” by Bill Gates (note, as part of my pledge to support local business I’m not including a link to Amazon. Please buy this through your local bookseller where you can)

17 February: Random Acts of Kindness Day (international)

20 February (third Saturday in February): World Pangolin Day

22 February to 7 March: Fairtrade Fortnight (international)

27 February: International Polar Bear Day