Press Release

EARTHDAY.ORG Calls Upon Global Faith Leaders to Drive Environmental Change this Earth Day and Every Day

Washington, D.C. — EARTHDAY.ORG, the global organizer of Earth Day, is calling upon faith leaders to join Earth Day activities, submit a prayer video and spread the word in their communities. For decades, Earth Day has been a platform for religious leaders and people of faith to mobilize around the protection of our common home. Today, EARTHDAY.ORG released its 2021 Faith and the Environment website supporting faith communities in leveraging their vital voices to overcome obstacles and integrate environmental issues into political, social and economic agendas. The page includes ideas and suggestions on how to spread environmental messages to their communities, incorporate environmental themes into their worship, and get involved with Earth Day activities and events.

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. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, incredible environmental goals have been achieved and faith communities have been a strong part of movement from the very beginning.

“Faith communities have always been, and will always be, an integral part of the environmental movement and Earth Day,” said Kathleen Rogers, President of EARTHDAY.ORG. “For Earth Day 2021, we are looking to faith leaders worldwide to empower their communities to advocate for the environment from a faith, moral, and justice perspective.”

“Green The Church welcomes Earth Day 2021! Our planet is God’s gift to us. May we be good to our planet and good to one another, especially our Black and Brown communities who are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis and environmental inequities. As we celebrate Earth Day, we must remember our moral imperative to take action on climate in a fair and equitable way that benefits us all,” said Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll, Green The Church Founder, Senior Pastor, Church By the Side of the Road.

“Restoring Our Earth means shifting our collective consciousness from extractors and consumerism to equity and community. It is to return to being stewards of God’s ecology vs extractors of it. It calls for us to place people and the planet over profit. Restoring Our Earth is a rallying cry for us to rise from our apathetic slumber and become partners in caring for God’s creation,” Rev. Michael Malcom, Executive Director, The People’s Justice Council.

“Join us in praying for the Earth and the climate.” Rev. Susan Hendershot, President of Interfaith Power & Light will lead the National Earth Day Climate Prayer, “We Hold the Earth” in honor of Earth Day.

To learn more about EARTHDAY.ORG’s Faith and The Environment program, please visit: 

To submit a prayer video for Earth Day, please fill out this form.

EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Learn more at:

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