As Earth Day celebrations are held over the next week, the holiday officially falling on Thursday, April 22, we’ve decided to present a comprehensive issue covering many things related to the environment in Ventura County. While some stones were left unturned, we delved into some of the most grappling eco-stories in our area.

From air quality to recycling efforts, offshore oil drilling to the Channel Islands, this year’s special 40th Anniversary Earth Day issue should give you a better understanding of local environmental issues. Area eco-experts also weighed in on the progress and problems with making the county environmentally-friendly; artists talk about their projects and visions for a cleaner, greener future.

As you enjoy this week’s news, feature and arts and culture stories, keeping in mind that it takes all of us to keep Ventura County, California, North America and planet Earth the kind of place that future generations will appreciate.