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Earth Day 2020: Ideas How to Celebrate Together, But Apart

Apr 22, 2020

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by lifting up events in your faith communities and neighborhoods. A variety of resources are available for you to tap into. The world needs you — and your actions — for Earth Day 2020.

In our new reality of social distancing, here are  5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day as Church Together but Apart. COMMIT to at least one thing from these 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day as a Church and let your community know you’re going to do it (tell people right now – via social media, emails, phone calls – a great excuse to reach out with good news and check on folks!)

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognizes as the planet’s largest civic event.

Find some inspiration in your Pennsylvania back yard! See what the members of St. Paul, Lititz, have planned.

Creation Justice Ministries offers Christian education materials to equip faith communities to protect, restore, and more rightly share God’s creation. The resource is written to be useful year-round. Earth Day falls on Wednesday, April 22. This year, Earth Day Sunday can be celebrated April 19, April 26, or another day convenient for your faith community.

The 2020 theme focuses on “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” It features stories of congregations taking climate action, liturgical resources, and faith-rooted interpretation of recently released dire Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

Lutherans Restoring Creation shares another creative way to celebrate this year’s 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. They have decided to take on a challenge of inviting at least 50 Congregations in their synod to make a Covenant with Creation in honor of Earth Day turning 50! Want to take the challenge? Follow these steps below and let them know how it goes!