Earth Day 2020: Flooding the world with hope, optimism and action
The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it.
The LORD God gave the man this order: You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden
except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From that tree you shall not eat; when you eat from it you shall die.
The LORD God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.
So the LORD God formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each living creature was then its name.
Today is Earth Day, the perfect opportunity to have global conversations about the environment. It is recognised as the planet’s largest civic event and the theme this year is climate action.
The magnitude of the urgency and opportunity for action on climate change has set the issue apart as the most pressing for the 50th anniversary of this important day of action.
Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and a habitable world. It is something we at Jesuit Missions feel passionate about taking action on, as caring for our common home is one of the principles at the centre of our work.
Earth Day began on this day 50 years ago when 20 million Americans (10% of the U.S. population at the time) took to the streets in protest to demand a new way forward for our planet. Earth Day 1970 is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. It started a wave of action, including important environmental laws in the United States, which inspired other countries to pass similar laws.
This day of action continues to hold major international significance: In 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day when the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change was signed.
This 22nd April, join environmental activists around the world for 24 hours of action in a global digital mobilisation that drives actions big and small, demanding bold action for people and the planet.
We hope the 50th anniversary of Earth Day will fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.
A little closer to home, we want to see green hearts pop up in windows all across the UK as we show that we believe in a cleaner, greener future. You can reuse green heats made to celebrate The Climate Coalition’s ‘Show the Love’ campaign in February, or have fun making new ones. These hearts will be a symbol of resilience and hope that we can build a better world.
For Jesuit Missions, care for the earth goes further than being part of a movement, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and our environment, living our faith in harmony with all of God’s creation.
A prayer to live simply
Compassionate and loving God,
you created a beautiful world for us to share:
Give us the desire to live simply,
so that our lives show your generosity.
You made us responsible for the earth:
guide us so that those who come after us may enjoy your creation.
This prayer is from the Jesuit Institute.
Information and resources for Earth Day can be found here.