There are some important environmental observation days in September: Conservation Week (second full week) and Clean up the World Weekend (third weekend), an annual environmental campaign. Coastal Cleanup Day (third Saturday) highlights the California Coastal Commission's year ‘round Adopt-A-Beach program; World Rivers Day (last Sunday) and World Water Monitoring Day (September 18) emphasize the importance of water to our world. National Hummingbird Day (first Saturday), Fish Amnesty Day (fourth Saturday), International Rabbit Day (fourth Saturday), and National Wildlife Day (Sept 4) remind us that we share this world with an amazing variety of creatures both similar and dissimilar to ourselves, as well as the world community of plants, also celebrated by National Threatened Species Day (Sept 7), encouraging us to help conserve unique native fauna and flora. In 1994, the UN General Assembly proclaimed Sept. 16 the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the 1987 signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. World Carfree Day (always Sept 22) is a showcase for how our cities might look, feel and sound without cars, and Public Lands Day, involves citizen volunteers in cleaning and maintaining nearby public lands.
We also celebrate people in September, with Labor Day (first Monday), Grandparents’ Day (first Sunday after Labor Day), Swap Ideas Day (Sept 10), Family Day and Stepfamily Day (Sept 16), Citizenship Day (Sept 16), Native American Day (4th Friday in Sept), and National Good Neighbor Day (Sept 28). Some birthdays we celebrate this month are Jane Addams (born Sept 6, 1860), pioneer settlement social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women's suffrage and world peace, “Grandma Moses” (born Sept 7, 1860), Anna Mary Robertson Moses, a renowned American folk artist, "Johnny Appleseed" Johnny Chapman (born Sept 26, 1774), American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present day West Virginia, and Chinese philosopher Confucius (born Sept 28, 551 BCE), whose birthday is also called Teacher’s Day.