Engage with Climate, Sustainability and Environmental Awareness Days

At the Institute of Education, we want to spread awareness of local, national and international environmental awareness days.

We believe engaging in fun educational activities are great ways to learn and teach others more about climate, sustainability, and the environment, highlight key issues, and engage with the natural world around us in our everyday life.

Please see CASE IOE Awareness Days you can  get involved with!

If you and your school are thinking of getting involved and would be happy to share some photos of what you get up to – please email g.j.gidley@reading.ac.uk to request consent forms and send photos to.


When? What? Who? Information
2 November 2023 Outdoor Classroom Day Children and Schools Outdoor Classroom Day is a global movement to make time outdoors part of every child’s day. On two days of action each year, teachers take children outdoors to play and learn. All year round, the Outdoor Classroom Day community campaigns for more time outdoors every day.
6 January 2024 Big Schools Birdwatch

Big Schools Birdwatch Resources



Children and Schools Big Schools’ Birdwatch is a simple bird survey for pupils to take part in and enjoy together.

This activity is about counting the number of birds in your school grounds. It only takes an hour, so one lesson or lunchtime is ideal. The results also contribute to Big Garden Birdwatch – the world’s largest wildlife survey. The Big Schools Birdwatch is an annual event that takes place January to February.


22 April 2024 Earth Day Everyone For Earth Day 2024, EARTHDAY.ORG is unwavering in their commitment to end plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of ALL plastics by 2040.

Planet vs Plastics


20 May 2024 World Bee Day Everyone World Bee Day is observed across the world on May 20. On this day, beekeeping events are held to educate the general public about the importance of bees and beekeeping. There is a special emphasis on the role of bees as pollinators and how they help to revive forest cover. Because the bee population is under threat, World Bee Day informs us how to protect bees and other pollinators. The Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association took the initiative for World Bee Day, which is now celebrated by environmentalists all over the world.
5 June 2024 World Environment Day Everyone Campaign TBD.
2023 was #BeatPlasticPollution
15-23 June 2024 Climate Festival University and Community
21 June 2024 Show Your Stripes Everyone
This year the Baton Relay will be passing through Whiteknights Campus as part of Show Your Stripes Day.




15 June (TBC) National Clean Air Day Everyone Clean Air Day is a campaign delivered across the UK – with a range of resources for all Clean Air Day supporters – from local authorities, schools, health professionals, campaign and community groups and individuals.

Write to your councillor and let them know how important clean air is to you and your community. Follow our step-by-step guide on the Clean Air Hub.