Editorial: Spread the message of Earth Day’s meaning

Let’s maintain our motivation to make the natural world a better place

Nanaimo scarcely needs an Earth Day for motivation to make the natural world a better place. People here are already making environmentally conscious choices every day, we see it everywhere we look, and it’s a good feeling.

In recognition of Earth Day coming up on Sunday, April 22, we at the News Bulletin compiled a smattering of environmentally focused articles about different projects and causes in our community that deal with stewardship, sustainability and the like. Really, there were endless opportunities to tell stories about the work that is being done. There are so many examples of leadership on environmental issues, be it from government, non-profits or anyone else who rallies in support of the planet.

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In interviewing for an article on the Regional District of Nanaimo’s solid waste management plan, one of the advisory committee members commented that he felt like everyone at that table is committed to getting closer to zero waste.

“It’s really hopeful for Nanaimo and I don’t think all other jurisdictions would be like us, and I think it’s because of how much work has been put into education and awareness and recycling already,” said Ben Geselbracht.

We think that’s the case. Our education system deserves a lot of credit for instilling some of what we think are the right values when it comes to protecting and caring about the environment. Parents, too, are passing along these same values and it makes a difference. Every day there are people advocating to save the whales and hug a tree. All the evidence seems to show that people in Nanaimo want to be leaders on recycling, want to be rabble-rousers for eco-justice and want the best for our pristine part of the world.

Maybe we’re well aware, here, of the meaning behind Earth Day. Even still, let’s honour the occasion by continuing to spread the message far and wide.

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