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Editorial: Earth Day

Earth Day falls on April 24, and we encourage all Airdrie residents to partake in the yearly observance in some way.

Earth Day falls on April 22, and we encourage all Airdrie residents to partake in the yearly observance in some way.

Regardless of your position on topics like climate change, there is no reason to not care about the environment. Whether it’s planting trees, picking up litter, turning off your electric devices or performing another environmentally friendly act, there are countless ways to showcase your appreciation for the natural world on April 24.

Locally, our newsroom didn’t come across any Airdrie-specific Earth Day events to cover this year, which is a shame. However, there are a few community events taking place in Rocky View County that we’d like to highlight.

At 10 a.m. on April 24, the Meadowlark Society is holding a community walk along the Meadowlark Trail that connects Irricana and Beiseker. On the same day, the Langdon Community Association is hosting its annual clean-up of the hamlet, with the date purposefully selected to commemorate Earth Day.

While the event is admittedly a bit after Earth Day, we’d also like to remind readers of an environmentally focused event in Airdrie that we previewed in last week’s issue. On May 1, Volunteer Airdrie will host its annual highway clean-up along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway.

Spending a few hours picking up litter along the ditches of Highway 2 may not be the most thrilling way to spend a Saturday morning, but it’s certainly noble and will contribute to the betterment of the environment – at least in a small way.

Let’s all do our part this April 22 to show our appreciation for the Earth, in one form or another.