Climate Action

Annual Reno Earth Day Celebration Opens Door to All Faiths

Multi-faith invocation will launch “Earth Day” celebrations in Nevada on April 26. Religious statesman Rajan Zed will direct this special multi-faith invocation; which will include Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Native American and Baha’i prayers focused on healthier environment and respecting the nature of the planet we live on. This over 20-years old annual all-day free event in Reno’s about 40-acres Idlewild Park is expected to attract over 20,000 people from all over the region in Nevada and nearby California. Over 100 non-profit groups are said to be participating in this event, which plans to include over 300 exhibits, various workshops, interactive activities, four stages of live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and drinks, games and prizes. Philosophy behind the “Earth Day” celebrations includes respect-protect-explore-engage in the Nature of the planet. It has proposed various themed areas, like Animalia Kingdom, Future of Transportation, Bicycling, Artists’ Grove, The Garden, The Great Outdoors, Connect With Nature, etc. A Pet Fashion Show, Artisan Alley, Bike Valet, Farmers’ Market, Edible Art Challenge, Endangered Species Poster Art, Creative Writing & Poetry Reading, Calendar Contest, etc., will reportedly form part of the celebrations. Organizers include Anastacia Sullivan and Heather Howell. Quoting ancient scriptures, Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, points out: “We may believe in different religions, yet we share the same home—our Earth. We must learn to happily progress or miserably perish together. For man can live individually but can only survive collectively.” Stephen Chao, Intern