Act on Climate Change

Faith & The Environment

A Message to Faith Leaders & People of Faith

Since the first Earth Day in 1970, incredible environmental goals have been achieved, thanks largely to efforts by people of faith. The global faith community is a critical voice in overcoming obstacles and integrating environmental issues into political, social and economic agendas.

The theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth, which focuses on natural processes and emerging green technologies that can restore harmony with the world’s ecosystems. Join Earth Day 2021 and help us Restore Our Earth, not just because we care about the natural world, but because we are a part of it as well.

Below are EARTHDAY.ORG’s Restore Our Earth campaigns, as well as resources linking environmental stewardship and faith. We always strive to update and improve our resources. If you know of environmental or faith-based resources, email us at [email protected].

  • Submit a short video prayer. The videos will form part of our Earth Day Live social media event or as part of supportive social media leading up to Earth Day 2021.  Click HERE to submit all videos
  • Register your events on our Earth Day 2021 map. Host Earth Day events, submit a prayer video, virtual forums, cleanups, tree plantings, both in person and online following CDC guidelines, to identify and find solutions to critical environmental issues. 

  • Include climate literacy and education in your faith resources for people in and outside your institution.

  • Encourage leaders within your faith to incorporate environmental themes using our Restore Our Earth Toolkit into worship in April 2021.

  • Encourage members of your faith — especially students, people of color and people from low-income communities — to participate in leading Earth Day events and action planning.

  • Partner with other faith-based environmental organizations to address environmental challenges.

  • Design and execute a communications campaign that incorporates the themes of Earth Day 2021, helping build a narrative that protects the planet, our species and ourselves.

  • Engage your staff to participate in Earth Day events (including public education and outreach campaigns beforehand) and provide opportunities for them and their families to volunteer at or participate in Earth Day events in their community.

  • Form or join a local Earth Day 2021 committee to organize a major march or festival on Earth Day.

  • Get a group together to read and discuss the novel Faith for Earth: A Call for Action

Our Partners’ Faith, Prayer, and Land Acknowledgment Videos

President of Interfaith Power & Light, Rev. Susan Hendershot, leading the Interfaith Earth Day Climate Prayer.
Senior Pastor and Green The Church Founder, Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll
Rabbi Katy Allen, Jewish Climate Action Network
Kyle Mitchell, Dine/Navajo Storyteller, Beauty Prayer – Interfaith Power & Light
EcoFaith Recovery
Imam Sohail Chaudry, Imam of the Islamic Center of East Lansing, Michigan
Rev Joan Jiko Halifax, Abbot Upaya Zen Center
Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley
Reverend Rob Mark
Beth Roach, Tribal Councilwoman
Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Buddhist, Hualien, Taiwan
Rabbi Nate DeGroot
Trinity Norwood-Citizen of The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation of New Jersey
Parliament of the World’s Religions
Fr Thomas Conway, Franciscan Friar – St Anthony Shrine, Boston
Rev. Michael Sells – Interfaith Power & Light
SriVani Ganti, Interim Board Member, Bhumi Global – Interfaith Power & Light
Kyle Mitchell – Interfaith Power & Light
Rev. Michael Sells – Interfaith Power & Light
Trinity Norwood-Citizen of The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation of New Jersey

Resources for Communities of Faith

Other EARTHDAY.ORG Resources

Interested in other ways to be environmentally friendly? Refer to the following resources to keep the spirit of Earth Day alive all throughout the year.