The first Earth Day was held back in 1970 so people around the world would celebrate the Earth and renew commitments to building a safer, healthier and cleaner world. Forty years later, a sister organization called The Earth Day Network (EDN) continues to focus on taking that mission and concept of Earth Day and translating it into real action.
The Earth Day Network of non-profit organizations, local governments, activists, and, not surprisingly, communities of faith reaches more then 19,000 organizations in 192 countries. The domestic program engages 10,000 groups and more than 100,000 educators coordinating millions of community development and environmental-protection activities throughout the year. That’s a whole lot of action!
One exciting resource from the EDN website is its religious outreach. There, you’ll be able to read all of the encouraging activities people of faith are involved in all over the world, including a list of “pulpit resources.”
As you and your faith community gear up for Earth Day this April 22, 2010, consider finding educational programming on caring for God’s creation, like our green vacation bible school program called ReNew, or exploring the EDN website that encourages you to do your part by joining the network or donating to the cause.
How will your faith community celebrate Earth Day this year?
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