At lunchtime, I was poking around on the United Church website (because yes I really am that much of a church geek and besides, they have some really cool stuff on there) and I came across this weekly reflection:
Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark…I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation.” Genesis 7:1
Earth Day 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of this celebration, and there has been much talk in the media about what we should do to save our earth.
When Earth Day began in 1970 it was barely noticed. Now we see a huge shift in this movement, with prominent people taking the stage to promote this cause as if it were a brand new problem. Are they hoping to become Noahs?
In Genesis 1:29-30 God has given life to the birds, plants, and animals of the earth and it is up to everyone to take care of them. Our responsibility as we celebrate this Earth Day is to care for creation every single day, not just one day of the year. We can all work toward saving the earth. We take these steps not because it is environmentally correct, but because we have been called to love and serve God. And that means taking care of everything given to us.
I am a teacher. On Earth Day in my school we planted trees and became an Earth School by recording 5,000 environmental acts. It is my hope that those activities inspired the students to become caregivers of the earth. We can all become caregivers, and teach caring to others, one step at a time.
Loving God, help us, every single day, to protect this earth. Amen.
What a coincidence to discover that Earth Day began in 1970...because at the same time I was reading that reflection, I was also listening to this video of Joni Mitchell in a 1970 concert. Big Yellow Taxi could be the anthem for Earth Day...with its iconic lyric "they paved paradise, put up a parking lot." Hopefully it is not too late for us to learn to live in harmony with our beautiful planet...