Okanagan residents celebrate Earth Day

By Emily Lazatin

KELOWNA – People all over the world are showing appreciation for our beautiful planet on this Earth Day. The event is meant to bring communities together to clean up the environment and show younger generations the importance of preserving the planet.

In West Kelowna, dozens of students at Shannon Lake Elementary School got their hands dirty to save some plants in an area that will soon see residential development. Students are taking the saved plants and replanting them at their school where they can be well taken care of.

“They are going to build houses around here, so before they take everything down, we are digging up native plants for our gardens at our school,” says 9-year-old student Ceili Joyce.

Meanwhile, in Downtown Kelowna, several volunteers gathered together to clear the pavement of hundreds of cigarette butts.

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And one local business had 30 staff members come out for a group clean-up.

“We should be doing this all the time but earth day is kind of that one day of the year where I think it’s really important to acknowledge it and just come together,” says Laura Ransom, Production Coordinator at Bardel Entertainment.

Other earth day activities in the Okanagan range from an “appreciation hike” up the historic Kettle Valley Railway trail in Penticton and a garage and trunk sale to encourage recycling old goods in Vernon.