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Residents are encouraged to connect, care and celebrate the city’s beautiful local environment with a week of free, family-friendly activities and events during Environment Week today through June 8. 

City of Lethbridge Sustainability Engineer Raene Barber says the City has compiled a list of events and calls to action to consider and take part in this week, which are available on Environment Lethbridge’s website. 

Tomorrow, residents can help reduce textile waste going to the city landfill by donating unwanted, clean and usable clothes. On Wednesday, residents are encouraged to check out the City’s Water Conservation Plan to find tips on how to save water and dollars on their next water bill. On Thursday, residents can help reduce their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and reduce food waste in the landfill by using green carts. On Friday, residents can get outside and view the remarkable trees in the community with the Lethbridge Tree Passport. This Saturday, get out in nature and play with Nature Play Fest at Henderson Lake Park from noon to 4 p.m. 

“Although Environment Week is only celebrated one week a year, we encourage residents to always be caring for the environment. There are many ways they can do that,” says Barber. “Environment Week has been well-received by our residents. That is why we tend to bring back these common events like Nature Play Fest.” 

Environment Lethbridge Executive Director Kathleen Sheppard adds Environment Week, now in its 10th year, is an opportunity to celebrate the great natural environment Lethbridge has to offer and different actions and initiatives residents can get involved with. “It has become a mainstay of events in early June and Nature Play Fest is an annual anchor event a lot of people look forward to.” 

One thing Environment Lethbridge is doing this year is profiling several residents who are taking steps to “walk their talk,” says Sheppard. “Some people are doing big things and some people it’s just about what are the small things you can do. Hearing from everyday people taking actions makes a difference.” 

Sheppard believes Lethbridge has taken good strides when it comes to waste reduction. “We can be proud of some of the efforts that have happened to reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill and overall awareness on everything from climate change to water.” 

According to Sheppard, Environment Week is only one week a year when Lethbridge gets to celebrate a little bit harder. “But helping the environment is a year-round activity. What we want is for people to take the first steps and they can leverage into things they can do everyday year-round.” 

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