World Bamboo Day is a day of celebration to increase the awareness of bamboo globally. Where bamboo grows naturally, bamboo has been a daily element, but its utilization has not always been sustainable due to exploitation. The World Bamboo Organization aims to bring the potential of bamboo to a more elevated exposure – to protect natural resources and the environment, to ensure sustainable utilization, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for new industries in regions around the world, as well as promote traditional uses locally for community economic development.
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How will I celebrate World Bamboo Day 2018?
Nine years ago, we celebrated the first World Bamboo Day in Bangkok. This great initiative was the idea of WBO President, Shri Kamesh Salam. Thanks to the Thai Royal Forestry Department, this dedicated day to honor bamboo - September 18 - is gaining momentum around the world.
How will I celebrate bamboo? In my part of the world, bamboo is not a common-day experience. However, in a nearby zoo, the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts, there are two Asian elephants who have only known captivity. It is my genuine joy to take them fresh bamboo (and occasionally banana leaves from plants growing in my greenhouse). This Saturday, Ruth, the eldest elephant, celebrates her 60th birthday. I will be with her, among many others. And I will bring loads of bamboo to give to her and other animals living in the zoo.
Bamboo is so many things. It is food, it is fiber, it is fuel.
It is construction material, it is a landscape restoration, it is economic development. It holds hope for climate change mitigation and for our future.
Join me in celebrating World Bamboo Day this week.
We are all Ambassadors, promoting bamboo in all its benefits to the Planet. Keep Bamboo Strong. Expand your voice. #BambooisGrowing
World Bamboo Day 2018
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This year's theme : Sustainability = Environment + Society + Economy
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The First World Bamboo Day
World Bamboo Day was declared by the Thai Royal Forest Department on 18 September 2009 in Bangkok, during the 8th World Bamboo Congress held at the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel. This declaration is an effort to increase the awareness of bamboo globally. Where bamboo grows naturally, bamboo has been a daily element, but its utilization has not always been sustainable due to exploitation. The World Bamboo Organization wants to bring the potential of bamboo to a more elevated exposure - to protect natural resources and the environment, to ensure sustainable utilization, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for new industries, as well as promote traditional uses locally and for community economic development.
The 8th World Bamboo Congress in Thailand was attended by over 350 participants from over 41 countries.
To celebrate World Bamboo Day, a ceremonial bamboo planting took place nearby Bangkok where a representative from each country had the honor to plant a bamboo seedling as a symbolic gesture of our mission. The bamboo plants, grown and provided by the Royal Forest Department, were planted in Prachin Buri at the Khao Hin Sorn Royal Development Study Centre.
Next year, and every year, we hope you will remember bamboo on World Bamboo Day, 18 September, and do something good for the Earth. Plant a bamboo! Talk bamboo! Build with bamboo! Sing with bamboo! Wear bamboo! Eat bamboo! Feed bamboo! Breathe bamboo! Walk among the bamboo, and feel good.
World Bamboo Day 2016
Join World Bamboo Organization CEO Susanne Lucas this year in Washington, D.C. to celebrate World Bamboo Day at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in D.C.'s Hispanic Heritage Month and be at the Zoo on Sunday, September 18 to not only celebrate WORLD BAMBOO DAY, but also the ZooFiesta ! Stay tuned for more details, but look forward to hearing cultural music, learning about the bamboos native to the Americas, see projects by Mexican bamboo architectural and construction company, Dicma Trade, and much more!