Earth Day, the annual day of celebration of the earth and promotion of environmental protection, is around the corner! On Friday, April 22, people around the world will spend the day in neighborhood clean-ups, volunteering in community gardens, and so much more.
Especially in the wake of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’, many Catholics will celebrate Earth Day as a day of service and stewardship. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Justice Peace and Human Development shared some ideas for how to celebrate Earth Day:
- Get Catholic Climate Covenant’s free, downloadable Earth Day 2016 Program Guide.
- With family or friends, pray this Laudato Si’ prayer in English and Spanish.
- Watch the video on Care for God’s Creation from the CST101 video series by CRS and USCCB.
- Use these resources for liturgy and preaching on the Sunday before or after Earth Day to call attention to our role in caring for God’s creation.
- Learn how local community organizations, including those funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, are addressing environmental issues. Join their efforts!
- Gift Green Street Park or Drop by Drop to your parish’s religious education program or school. Both of these children’s books are about kids caring for creation.
- Gather with a group of friends and reflect on Laudato Si’ using USCCB’s discussion guide in English and Spanish.
- Share this Laudato Si’ bulletin insert, in English and Spanish, in your parish.
- Get inspired by what others are doing to act together to care for creation.
- Advocate! Participate in this current action alert.
How will your college or university celebrate Earth Day this year? Let us know!