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Faith & the Environment

Guides and Resources for Communities of Faith.


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 the faith community. The global faith community is a critical voice in overcoming obstacles and integrating environmental issues into political, social and economic agendas.

The 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day aims to elevate science, promote action and volunteerism and expand environmental education. You can use Earth Day 2020 to advance solutions that protect our environment, for us, and for future generations.

Join Earth Day 2020 and help us achieve bold goals that make our communities, and planet, more sustainable.

Below are Earth Day Network’s 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].

How can faith communities use Earth Day 2020 to drive environmental change?

  • Host Earth Day events, forums, gatherings and fairs, both in person and online, to identify and find solutions to critical environmental issues.
  • Include environmental literacy and education in your faith resources for people in and outside your institution.
  • Encourage leaders within your faith to incorporate environmental themes into worship in April 2020.
  • Encourage members of your faith — especially students, people of color and people from low-income communities — to participate in leading Earth Day event and action planning.
  • Partner with other faith-based environmental organizations to address environmental challenges.
  • Design and execute a communications campaign that incorproate the themes of Earth Day 2020, 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 2020 committee to organize a major march or festival on Earth Day.

Buddhist Environmental Resources

Hindu Environmental Resources

Sikh Environmental Resources

Other Earth Day Network Resources

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

Canopy Project Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project works worldwide to strengthen communities through tree planting. Using agroforestry, sapling distribution and tree care training, we empower organizations and citizens to conserve, repair, and restore tree cover to their lands. Earth Day Network targets areas of the world most in need of reforestation, including some of the world’s poorest communities; and land degraded by logging, fires, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. Our projects also focus on environmentally critical areas such the Amazon rainforest and the Boreal Forest.

Green Schools Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. To confront the challenges they will face, all students need the best-available, science based information about climate change. And they deserve a healthy green-friendly school building in which to learn.


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