World Habitat Day is celebrated each year on the first Monday of October. The holiday was created by the United Nations in order to promote sustainable urban development and adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its shared responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
The large river valleys of Africa served as the original natural habitat of the human species. Today, half of the human population lives in poorly managed towns and cities where adequate shelter and basic services like water, sanitation, and electricity are threatened.
Take a stand and get involved in events in your local community on World Habitat Day!