To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set for August 19th, EVERY YEAR! This event is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species.
From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan is considered to have declined by more than 50%. Its relative, the Bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43 percent in the past decade, from 35,000 in 1996 to 20,000 in 2006. Since these studies were done, deforestation rates have continued to climb which means the actual populations could be well below these.
Something has to be done to save orangutans and that is the reason for International Orangutan Day!
It’s also: National Aviation Day
National Aviation Day is observed in the United States on August 19 each year to celebrate the history and development of the aviation. It coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who, together with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to powered flight
And: National Potato Day
It’s National Potato Day! Potatoes have been popular parts of diets around the world for centuries.
Did you know that more than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the U.S. each year? We use them to make baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, home fries, French fries—the list is endless!
Potatoes are not only tasty—they’re good for you! They contain high levels of important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, and iron. Today, enjoy potatoes prepared your favorite way to celebrate National Potato Day!
And: World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others.
World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.
And: National Medical Dosimetrist Day