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Celebrating Earth Day

Hands working in garden with text "Happy Earth Day"
Image courtesy of Mary Jane Cherry

As we prepare to celebrate the 24th annual Earth Day on April 22, we have gathered some resources to help in planning events and a list of events you can join online.

The Earth Day website offers information on this year’s theme: “Planet vs. Plastics,” along with toolkits for planning an action and promoting Earth Day on social media. From their home page, you can also locate an event near you, or register one you are planning.

For a Christian spin on that theme, Creation Justice Ministries looks at Plastic Jesus and offers downloadable study and worship resources entitled “Plastic Jesus: Real Faith in a Synthetic World.” Additional resources are tailored to specific denominations and suggest individual and community actions.

Faith communities can also check out Interfaith Power and Light’s plans for Climate Action Week, April 19-28. They offer organizing kits in English and Spanish for their 2024 theme, “Common Ground: Cultivating Connections between our Faith, our Food, and our Climate,” as well as links to past years’ kits.

Virtual Gatherings

Sunday, April 14, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM EDT
Earth Day: Beyond Greening – Jewish Responses to the Climate Emergency
With Lawrence MacDonald and Dahlia Rockowitz
At Temple Micah, Washington, DC, and online
Details and registration

Friday, April 19, 2024, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EDT
Creation Justice Ministries: Ecumenical Earth Day Prayer Service
Rev. Caleb Haynes, author of Garbage Theology, preaches in this service based on the Creation Justice Ministries Earth Day theme “Plastic Jesus: Real Faith in a Synthetic World.”
Details and registration

Friday-Sunday, April 19-21
Spirit of Hope Zen Climate Summit: Inspiring Buddhist Wisdom for Compassionate Climate Action
Kwan Um Zen hosts this three-day virtual gathering focused on the intersection of Dharma and the climate crisis.
Details and registration

Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21
Gaiarcadia Summit: Birth of the Gaianthropocene – The Future Of Humanity
Is In Our Hands
Various speakers address this moment of opportunity to transform our individual and collective selves into an integrated sustainable global ecosystem.
Details and registration

Monday, April 22, 7:00 PM EDT
UM Creation Justice Movement: Earth Day Vigil for Creation
Featuring Dr. Musa Dube, scholar of African Eco-feminisms at Candler School of Theology
In person at Charlotte First United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC, and online
Details and registration

Monday, April 22
Buddhism & Ecology Summit: Touching the Earth – An Earth Day Event Series
A series of life and pre-recorded conversations with Buddhist teachers, writers, and environmental activists.
Details and registration

Monday, April 22, 12:00 PM EDT
Interfaith Power & Light: Nationwide Circle of Prayer
Join IPL on their Facebook page, or download the interfaith prayer in advance to pray wherever you are.
Details and prayers to download

Additional Events

For Earth Day events sponsored by other Third Act Working Groups, visit thirdact.org/working-groups/events. For additional religious events, visit One Earth Sangha or the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology.

Acting for Earth and Democracy

If you’re motivated to act on behalf of both climate and democracy, consider taking a shift with Environmental Voting Project’s phone bank to mobilize low propensity voters in Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, and Florida. Every phone banking session begins with training, so there’s no prior experience necessary.

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