With the world's ageing population, older people are an important source for fuelling development and change. International Day of Older Persons is observed every October 1st to help shed light on the importance of older generations and the positive impact their knowledge and experience has on younger generations.
The International Day of Non-Violence takes place October 2nd, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence! The resolution made by the UN reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence." Use this day of global observance to promote non-violence and awareness in your community through artwork, blogging and making a commitment to encourage non-violence and tolerance. Education and awareness are essential to the promotion of international peace. As Gandhi has said, "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man".
The number of urban slum dwellers is reaching the 1 billion mark, raising more questions about the lack of decent housing for people around the world. World Habitat Day is celebrated the first Monday of October to focus attention to the importance of our towns and cities and the basic right to shelter. By raising awareness for universal housing, World Habitat Day advocates for action moving towards basic shelter for all. Read more about slums and the difficulties slum dwellers encounter in the TakingITGlobal Panorama zine.
World Space Week celebrates the international level the contributions of space science and technology have taken for the betterment of the human condition. Taking place between October 4- 10, The start and end dates of World Space Week were chosen to correspond with the launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, on October 4, 1957; and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on October 10, 1967.
September 16th celebrates International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This day brings awareness to the fragility of the ozone layer and promotes actions in accordance with the Montreal Protocol. Read more about the affects of ozone layer depletion and climate change in Panorama zine. What are you doing to help the preservation of the ozone layer? Add you voice to the ozone discussion.