Greeting Earth Day 50th Anniversary - Creation Care Network

Member April 20, 2020

By Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network

April 22, 2020 will be the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Last January we were encouraging our network members all over the world to make plans to mark this anniversary with projects, activities, and church services celebrating God’s creation. Those plans seem so long ago, don’t they? Rather than joining with our communities to clean up or plant trees, we’re stuck inside, hostage to an invisible virus. It’s hard to think about God’s world when we’re concerned about jobs that have disappeared, and perhaps even where our next meal might be coming from.

Even so, this week will still be Earth Day, and an opportunity amid this crisis to pause and give thanks to God for this world he has given us to live in and to care for.

The Earth Day people asked me (Ed) to send them a video message that could be used as part of their digital programming on April 22. I wanted to share with you the basic message we want to communicate through that two minute video. For the first two points, I am indebted to Ruth Padilla DeBorst, who used these in one of her comments in the Lausanne Global Classroom Creation Care video series.

So what should our response be, on this celebration of Earth Day? Let’s turn back to that good God, with confession, repentance, and a global cry for mercy. He has promised. May I quote a verse I have used before?
If my people, who are called by my name,
will humble themselves and pray and seek my face
and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven,
and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
II Chronicles 7:14

Here are some opportunities you might want to take advantage of related to Earth Day in the coming days. As far as we know, all of these are free of charge:

And we would of course encourage you to include prayers – both thanksgiving and petition – in whatever church services or prayer times you might be having in the coming week. And, if your local regulations permit it, try to get outside to experience and celebrate this good creation once again.

May God bless each of us during these difficult days –

Ed Brown
Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network