Category: August 30



    On August 30 of each year, the UN observes the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance. This day aims to increase awareness about the numbers of enforced disappearances around the world.

    There is cause for alarm. The sheer number of people who become victims of enforced disappearances dictates it. Involuntary disappearances are often the result of false arrests and abductions. After being arrested, the captors often imprison their victims in places under poor conditions. Some of them are stranded in foreign countries or hospitalized. Specific groups of people are especially vulnerable. These include children and people with disabilities. Other targets include human rights defenders and lawyers. During the investigation of such disappearances, witnesses are often harassed or intimidated. Some of the witnesses disappear as well. The perpetrators of enforced disappearances often use it as a tool to spread terror in the immediate society.

    In the country of Kosovo alone, more than 6,000 persons have been missing as a result of enforced disappearances since 1999. Another area of concern is Iran. There, thousands of political dissidents are believed to be either missing or dead as a result of the 1988 prison massacres in that country. Iranian authorities are still concealing their fates and whereabouts. As a result, family members of the missing continue to live out the ongoing nightmare. Other countries where enforced disappearances happen include Syria, Sri Lanka, Argentina, and Zimbabwe. Through the years, the total number of missing people from these four countries has reached over 200,000.


    Each year the UN and Amnesty International join forces to raise awareness for victims of enforced disappearances. Many activists share stories of missing friends and relatives. Through the media and public events, these activists share how enforced disappearances affect their lives and their communities.

    If you would like to observe International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, you can become a member of Amnesty International. Also, learn about the history of enforced disappearances and why they are so detrimental to families and communities.


    In 2007, activists and family members of victims of enforced disappearances in the Philippines declared August 30th as the International Day of the Disappeared. One year later, the International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances joined hands for a global campaign. On December 21, 2010, the United Nations expressed its concern over the increasing numbers of involuntary disappearances throughout the world. In 2011 during the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, the UN declared August 30th of each year to be International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance.




    International Whale Shark Day on August 30th aims to increase awareness about a magnificent sea-dwelling creature. The whale shark’s declining numbers alerts us to their need for protection and conservation. These gentle giants fascinate marine biologists and aquatic enthusiasts alike.

    You know about whales, and you know about sharks. But have you heard of the whale shark? Whale sharks are a type of filter-feeding carpet shark. Despite their size, they are considered gentle giants.

    Whale Shark Facts:
    • Weighing over 20 tons, the whale shark is the largest fish in the sea.
    • A whale shark lives an average of 70 years.
    • Some whale sharks grow to over 32 feet long.
    • These gentle giants are about the same size as a bus.
    • The whale shark’s habitat is found in the tropical seas around the world.
    • Whale sharks are carnivores, but their teeth are only 6 mm long.
    • Like human fingerprints, whale sharks each have a unique skin pattern.

    Whale sharks are quite majestic. Unfortunately, they are becoming endangered. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), whale sharks are one of the most vulnerable marine animals.

    In 2016, the IUCN reclassified the whale shark from vulnerable to an endangered species. Nobody knows the exact population of the whale shark. According to some estimates, there are only tens of thousands around the world. Primary reasons for the decline in numbers include illegal fishing, getting trapped in fishing gear, and colliding with boats. Since whale sharks move slowly, they’re easily caught. In certain parts of the world, such as Asia, products made from whale sharks are in high demand.

    Another threat to whale sharks is plastic. Waste plastics finds its way to the oceans. When a whale shark feeds close to the surface, they easily ingest the plastic. This garbage gets lodged in the digestive tract. When this happens, a whale shark can no longer eat. Eventually, the large fish starves to death.

    All of these things combined lead to the endangered status of the whale shark and the need to protect them.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalWhaleSharkDay

    The best way to observe International Whale Shark Day is to learn more about this sea animal. You could also donate to an organization that helps protect the whale shark. A few organizations include the Sea Shepherd Conservations Society, Cousteau Divers, and Plastic Oceans. These organizations also offer excellent ways to get involved. While you’re visiting the sites, learn more about this amazing animal and what’s being done to protect them.

    Try to limit your use of plastic products, and never throw them into a body of water. If you do use plastic, be sure to recycle it.

    The internet is full of amazing photos of whale sharks. Why not share a photo on social media? When doing so, don’t forget to use #InternationalWhaleSharkDay


    During the International Whale Shark Conference in 2008 in Isla Holbox, over 40 whale experts and ocean activists declared August 30th International Whale Day. Since then the day continues to educate the world about the whale’s declining numbers.


  • NATIONAL BEACH DAY – August 30


    National Beach Day on August 30th celebrates all the sandy beaches across the nation. It also provides an opportunity to help keep those relaxing places clean, so we can continue to enjoy them long into the future.


    Whether we spend time on beaches oceanside, at a lake or river, they provide recreation all summer long. Swimming, water sports, and sunbathing are just a few of the relaxing things that come to mind. We also enjoy playing Frisbee, volleyball and long walks. Floating along in the surf on a hot summer day with friends creates summer memories we remember for years to come.

    Sometimes, just packing a few icy beverages and a good book is enough to make a beach day perfect. However, we are responsible for caring for the beach, too. Not only should we pack out what we pack in, but it’s necessary to follow the beach rules, also. Safety and fun go hand in hand.


    When it comes to swimming at the beach, the American Red Cross provides excellent tips.

    1. Swim with a lifeguard present and only in designated areas.
    2. Go with a buddy. Never swim alone.
    3. Watch for currents, moving water, and riptides. These occur in oceans, lakes, and rivers.
    4. Swim within your depth. Don’t swim longer than you are physically capable of doing.
    5. Take swimming lessons.
    6. Learn CPR.

    Organize a group to clean up your favorite beach. Since it’s near the end of the season, your beach will appreciate it. Find out what the facility needs. Take up donations for supplies to keep the beach even cleaner next year. Donate garbage and recycling cans for your beach. Attend a seminar on water pollution and how to prevent it.

    Share pictures of your favorite beach while enjoying the last days of summer!

    Use #NationalBeachDay to share on social media.


    In 1929, the Knights of Columbus out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin launched a National Beach Day as part of their convention plans. However, it never took root.

    Then in 2014, Colleen Paige, pet and family lifestyle expert, created National Beach Day to celebrate beaches and the importance of keeping them clean.

    Beach Day FAQ

    Q. What are the best days to go to the beach?
    A. You mean besides National Beach Day? Well, the weekends are busiest but if you enjoy people watching and, well, people, pick a Saturday or SUNday. (Get it? Sun + day?) However, if you’re looking for a less crowded time to go, visit the beach early on Friday. Why? Because for most vacationers, that’s a travel day.

    Q. Can you visit the beach in the off-season?
    A. Yes! It’s an excellent way to have the beach to yourself. Whether you visit a sunny location or travel to a resort town boardwalk, you can still take in some of the attractions and reap the benefits of the oceanside.




    On August 30, National Grief Awareness Day recognizes the time it takes to heal from loss doesn’t have a prescribed course and is a reminder closure comes in many forms. When a loved one dies, the void they leave affects everyone differently.


    Throughout the day, take stock of those in your life who have been affected by a form of loss. The death of a loved one, a close friend or enduring an extreme change in their lifestyle can trigger grief. When we lose the stability of shelter, a job or a routine we have known for years, we suffer a type of loss that requires closure. Some adjust to these changes easily, and others take time to become familiar with new routines.

    Offer to listen to a friend or ask them to join you for a coffee or tea. Send a message letting them know they are never far from your mind. Then, set a date for another visit.  If you find you are suffering from grief, know that it’s natural. You’re not alone, and it’s okay to ask for help if you feel your grief is overwhelming.


    Look for signs of grief in yourself and your loved ones. Self-care is vital after and during a loss. There’s no shame in seeking assistance with grief if the pain becomes overwhelming.

    Visit to find out more, sign the petition, and use #GriefAwarenessDay to share on social media.


    Angie Cartwright founded National Grief Awareness Day in 2014. Familiar with loss, Cartwright too became lost in grief. She has become dedicated to bringing support to those who have suffered like her and enlightening others to the realities of bereavement.

    Grief Awareness FAQ

    Q. Does grief always involve death?
    A. No. Many circumstances may cause a person grief. We may grieve the loss of a job or income. Physical or mental trauma may cause us grief. We also experience grief when dramatic changes occur in our life – divorce, a breakup, empty nesting, a health event, or an unexpected discovery can all cause grief.

    Q. Does everyone experience grief the same?
    A. No. While many people will go through the same stages, it may take one person longer to navigate one stage while another person experiences the stage quickly.

    Q. Does grief end?
    A. Grief lessens but it may never go away. Sometimes a memory or event will bring up feelings of grief long after death or trauma. Over time, we become better equipped to deal with these moments.



    National Toasted Marshmallow Day - August 30
    National Toasted Marshmallow Day – August 30


    If you were not hungry for something sweet, once you begin today’s celebration you soon will be as August 30th marks National Toasted Marshmallow Day.
    Get your friends together, gather up some firewood, a few long sticks and a bag of marshmallow and you have the makings of a great night ahead of you.  Toasted marshmallows is a special part of summer evenings around a bonfire.  One of the popular ways to enjoy a delicious warm, gooey toasted marshmallow is with chocolate and Graham crackers in a S’more.
    Upon personal preference, marshmallows are heated to various degrees from gently toasted to a charred outer layer.   The charred outer layer is achieved by igniting the marshmallow.
    Have a wonderful, warm and gooey day.
    If you are camping or just enjoying a fire pit in your backyard on National Toasted Marshmallow Day, enjoy as many toasted marshmallows as you want.  Use #ToastedMarshmellowDay to post on social media.
    National Toasted Marshmallow Day, an “unofficial” national holiday is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.