Changing the world starts by changing your own little corner of it. This year's theme for Earth Day is Trees for the Earth. Our planet is currently losing over 15 Billion trees each year (equivalent to 48 football fields every minute). In honor of Earth Day's 50th anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network announced Trees for the Earth, a plan to plant 7.8 Billion trees by Earth Day 2020: one tree for every person on the planet. We invite you to join us and Earth Day Network in this inspiring initiative.
In addition to the Earth Day Network's Faith Toolkit, several other sets of good resources are available to help churches and communities with worship, education, and action around Earth Day. The resources can be used or adapted for other occasions through the year, too.
Catholic Climate Covenant
Catholic Climate Covenant has prepared a one-hour program guide to help your parish, school, or community join the millions of others around the world celebrating Earth Day by focusing on the theme "Trees for the Earth." The Earth Day Program Guide includes prayers, scripture readings, video with discussion questions, activities, a bulletin insert (English and Spanish), and a flyer to advertise your event.
Creation Justice Ministries
Each year, Creation Justice Ministries offers materials to help faith communities across a wide range of denominations recognize Earth Day. For 2016, the theme is "Care for God's Creatures."
In addition to a downloadable packet, the website has extensive resources for sermons, worship, action and more. The resource is written to be useful year-round. Additional opportune moments to use this resource include September 1, recognized by Orthodox and Catholic communions as the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, or in October, during the Season of Creation and the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.
Interfaith Power and Light
Faith Climate Action Week will encompass nine days in April surrounding Earth Day (April 15-24). The theme is "Paris And Beyond" and will focus on how achieving the climate protection goals in the Paris Agreement requires action from all of us.
RENEWAL is the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today's religious-environmental activists. From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth. With great courage, these women, men and children are re-examining what it means to be human and how we live on this planet. One story in particular reflects this year's Earth Day Theme. Buddhists in the San Francisco Bay area are working to save trees by encouraging greater use of recycled paper, especially by major magazine publishers. Get more information on this film on Rewnewal's website.