Opinion

Nanaimoites weren't hands-on in approach to Earth Day

To the Editor,

Re: Save the world this Earth Day, Editorial, April 22.

Nice editorial about a worthy concept.

My wife and I have a garden box in the community garden at the corner of Turner Road and the Island Highway. We went there on one of our regular visits on a sunny April 22.

The vehicles go through the adjacent intersection endlessly, only stopping for a red light.

We cut some grass, pulled some weeds and did a little tidy up in the garden area.

And the vehicles kept rolling by.

We put out some bird seed and checked the new growth of the flowers and veggies. We checked the hoses and the irrigation.

The vehicles kept right on passing by. Nobody turned in and stopped to look around. No visitors.

It was only later that we realized that this was an official day to be friendly to Earth. I guess nobody read your editorial. Or nobody took it seriously.

But we noticed plenty of trucks with gardening equipment in the back. Hire a gardener to touch the earth for us – now there’s a plan.

Dave Toynbee
via e-mail

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