Celebrate Earth Day in Oak Bay

Saturday marks Earth Day’s 27th anniversary

Earth Day affords the chance to celebrate the wide world we live in, and our own little piece on this rock, the surrounding sea and the air above.

It’s encouraging to see that there are people who care. So many issues in and around Oak Bay focus on environmental considerations.

We don’t need to chain ourselves to a tree to celebrate Earth Day, just take the lead from the youth at Monterey Middle School (front page story). This week students are hammering down the final details on their Friday event, where the public is invited to sift for nurdles and meet some keen youngsters.

They believe each of us can do as much as we like, and it will make a difference. And though it’s easy to lament the mess we’re making of the planet, they’re living proof each generation will be more aware of its environment and more determined to save the world.

Earth Day was launched in 1970 as an environmental awareness event in the United States. Since then it has grown to become the largest and most recognized environmental event worldwide. Saturday marks Earth Day Canada’s 27th anniversary.

In honour of Earth Day, we bring readers a special eco-themed edition celebrating people, places and events that take the environment into consideration.

Throughout this issue we offer stories about people at work on the environmental front, and small changes we can all make to have an impact.

In the meantime, let’s challenge ourselves to do better. Let’s pledge respect, stewardship, harmony. On Earth Day let’s offer the planet not only our best wishes, but our best efforts.