At a time when the Beatles’ breakup and Vietnam War protests dominated headlines, the environment was scarcely in the conversation for most people, apart from the tired slogan: “Don’t be a Litterbug.”
But it was during this period that an event was born to raise awareness of the need for a healthy, sustainable environment and to spur action to protect this planet we live on. Earth Day was first celebrated by millions in the United States on April 22, 1970. And like the environmental issue itself, it has since been embraced by over a billion people in 192 countries.
Here at home, the environment consistently ranks among the top concerns of Albertans, especially when it comes to the development of our energy resources. Environmental protection is a priority for the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), baked right into our mandate.
With a nod to Earth Day, happening this Sunday, here are five Resource stories that cover some of the ways the AER safeguards Alberta’s air, water, land, and biodiversity.