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Earth Day & religious faith in Flushing, Queens – Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews & Buddhists

HINGE — “The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1).

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Prize-winner! Bing Ling Wu, 5th Grade, PS 163 Flushing Heights. NY State Senate Poster Contest. Photo courtesy of Office of Sen Toby Ann Stavisky

 

“The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1).

Each year, Earth Day—April 22, Saturday this year—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Earth Day 1970 brought together a rare alignment of powers, Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city skyscraper tenants and dirt farmers, Wall Streeters and blue-collar workers. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

 

Flushing faith leaders

 

As 1990 approached, a group of environmental leaders organized another big campaign. This time, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling the waste that was overwhelming landfills and the ocean.

This year, the campaign is all about environmental and climate change literacy, greening our schools, and planting trees.

 

"We believe in God who is the creator of all things." -- Marissa Park, Bible study leader, Pure Presbyterian Church, Flushing, Queens

Does God care about the environment and climate change?

Let ask the religious leaders of Flushing, Queens.

 

Click on map for videos of the faith leaders listed here:

Resources:

Islamic Aesthetics, Gardens and Nature

Passover and Earth Day

One Earth Sangha

Scripture Field Guide (click for free download)

 

Rabbi Albert Thayer prays for Earth at Temple Gates of Prayer, Flushing, Queens

 

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