“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.
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.
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:
- Keith Coleman, visiting minister at Pure Presbyterian Church
- George Chang, president of the Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation
- Uma Mysorekar, president of the Hindu Temple Society of New York
- Albert Thaler, rabbi at Temple Gates of Prayer
- Shuaib Uddin, leads services at Masjid Hazrati Abu Bakr Siddique
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