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July - Awareness Months, Days & Observances

As we welcome the warmth and sunshine of July, it's the perfect time to embrace the multitude of awareness days this month offers. These special days not only remind us to celebrate the beauty of our world but also inspire us to reflect upon critical issues that affect our planet, people, and personal well-being. 

We take a vital step toward positive change by shedding light on diverse subjects ranging from environmental conservation to social enterprise and sustainable living. 

So grab your eco-friendly calendar and join us in exploring this comprehensive list of July's awareness days. Each provides an invaluable opportunity this seventh month to engage, educate, and empower ourselves for a more sustainable and compassionate future. With longer days in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the perfect time to act on the difference we can all make when we come together. 

Full calendar of awareness months:
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July Awareness Month-Long Events

Plastic Free July

Plastic free July
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This international initiative motivates individuals and organizations to minimize single-use plastics and adopt eco-friendly alternatives. To increase awareness about the detrimental effects of disposable plastics, Plastic Free July fosters positive habits and promotes lasting change.

Related: Official Website | Plastic Pollution Facts.

National Park and Recreation Month

(United States)

Throughout this month-long celebration, people are urged to explore the wide array of local parks, recreational facilities, and outdoor spaces while underlining the significance of environmental conservation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Read more: National Park and Recreation Month.
Related: Website | Reasons to Get Outdoors.

National Counseling Awareness Month 

(United States)

Focusing on mental health and well-being, this month's objective is to bring awareness to professional counselors' crucial role in addressing mental health concerns and raising awareness about the importance of counseling services. National Counseling Awareness Month strives to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health issues and inspires individuals to seek support from qualified counselors.

Related: Mental Health Quotes | Mental Health First Aid.

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

(United States)

Established to spread awareness about mental health issues faced by underrepresented communities, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month emphasizes the importance of destigmatizing mental health concerns and considering cultural factors ethnic minority communities face. The Office of Minority Health focuses its activity during this month on promoting tools, signposting substance use treatment services, and reducing mental health stigma amongst ethnic minority groups suffering from mental illness.

Related: Mental Health Facts | Mental Health Quotes.

UV Safety Month

UV Safety Month
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(United States)

UV Safety Month, one of several national health observances in July, emphasizes sun safety's significance and the dangers of excessive sun exposure. This initiative educates the public on the importance of protecting their skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. It provides practical tips on sun protection measures, such as wearing sunscreen and protective clothing.

Read more: UV Safety Month.
Related: Sun Safety Tips | Zero Waste Sunscreen.

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month 

(United States)

This observance focuses on spreading awareness about the impact of juvenile arthritis and providing support for affected children and their families. With the aim to illuminate the various types of arthritis affecting children, Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month encourages early diagnosis, advocates for research, and promotes effective treatment methods.

Related: Official Website.

International Group B Strep Awareness Month


Dedicated to informing the public about Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection and its potential risks, especially in pregnant women and newborns, this observance highlights the importance of testing and preventive measures. International Group B Strep Awareness Month advocates for research and the development of vaccines to fight GBS infections.

Related: Official Website.

National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month


This global observance is dedicated to raising awareness about cleft and craniofacial abnormalities and their prevention. By emphasizing the importance of early detection, intervention, and comprehensive care, this month serves as a platform for various groups, healthcare professionals, and affected individuals to work together, spread knowledge, and support those living with these conditions. 

July Awareness Days

International Plastic Bag Free Day

International Plastic Bag Free Day
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July 3 (Worldwide)

Celebrated internationally, this day encourages the use of reusable bags while underlining the detrimental effects of plastic bags on the environment. It seeks to inspire people worldwide to reject plastic and embrace more sustainable habits.

Related: Plastic Pollution Facts | Bring Your Own Bags.

World Zoonoses Day

July 6  (Worldwide)

World Zoonoses Day is dedicated to increasing awareness concerning the potential dangers of zoonotic diseases, infections that can be transmitted between animals and humans. This day also commemorates the achievements of French biologist Louis Pasteur, who successfully developed the first rabies vaccination.

World Population Day

July 11 (Worldwide)

World Population Day, established by the United Nations, highlights the challenges and opportunities associated with population growth and development. It also emphasizes the urgency and significance of addressing population concerns.

Related: Official Website.

National Simplicity Day

July 12 (United States)

Observed on the birthday of Henry David Thoreau, National Simplicity Day encourages people to declutter their lives and immerse themselves in nature. The day emphasizes the significance of environmental conservation and adopting sustainable living practices.

Read More: National Simplicity Day.

World Day for International Justice

July 17 (Worldwide)

World Day for International Justice promotes global justice, accountability, and the rule of law. This day raises awareness about the importance of international criminal justice systems and their role in ensuring fair trials and punishing war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity.

International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

July 26 (Worldwide)

This global event strives to advocate for preserving mangrove ecosystems and increasing awareness of their vital role in sustaining planetary health. Mangroves offer essential habitats, shield coastlines, and bolster local economies.

Related: Official Website.

July Awareness Weeks

Clean Beaches Week

July 1 - 7 (United States)

Clean Beaches Week is dedicated to raising awareness about the significance of maintaining clean beaches and their vital role in the environment. This initiative inspires individuals, communities, and businesses to take action to preserve the health and beauty of these precious natural resources.

Read more: Clean Beaches Week.
Related: Run A Beach Cleanup Event.

Coral Reef Awareness Week

Coral Reef Awareness Week
Photo by Ralf Schlegel on Unsplash

Third week of July (Worldwide)

Coral Reef Awareness Week aims to increase understanding of coral reefs' crucial role in our planet's well-being and the ongoing threats from climate change and human activities. These vibrant underwater ecosystems support diverse marine life and substantially benefit coastal communities, such as tourism opportunities, food sources, and coastal safeguards.

Read more: Coral Reef Awareness Week.
Related: Why are Coral Reefs Dying?

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