Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Love made visible

Each year, Creation Justice Ministries offers Christian education materials to equip faith communities to protect, restore, and  more rightly share God's creation. The 2020 theme is "The Fierce Urgency of Now."

Resurrection is all around us! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. “Love Made Visible” encourages us to plan acts of Sacred Activism to protect the people we love and care about who are most affected by climate change.

1. Webinar
'The Fierce Urgency of Now': A Prophetic Call for Climate Justice
Join ecumenical faith leaders for a time of prayer, song, and reflection as we gather on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
April 22, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

2. Educational Resource
For those who care about God’s creation, the present time is one of crisis, and yet it is also a time of possibility. Fortunately, we are gifted with a rich theological tradition from those who have faced immense dangers and powerful forces in the past. The prophets of our faith have continually pointed to the need to act with all speed to meet the imperatives of justice. As 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we are confronted as much as ever with the fierce urgency of now.

3. Global Call for Climate Crisis. EarthRise for Earth Day. In 2020, mindful of public health considerations due to the global coronavirus crisis, EarthRise Campaign’ll be using the power of the internet to mobilize and connect millions in a collective call for transformative action for our planet.

4. Ideas, Earth Day's celebrations
Since 1970, communities have taken one day each year to be especially mindful of the Earth and its many gifts: April 22, Earth Day. This day has ecumenical and bipartisan roots. Each year, thousands of people set aside a day to pray, learn, and take action.

5. Events
This year, Earth Day falls after Easter. Here some ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

6. Advocacy
Sign the online pledge to vote with the climate in mind. Link to the online pledge. IPL is collecting pledges all year leading up to election day in November. Invite others to sign.
Pledge Campaign

7. News
Here some information from different organizations about the Earth Day's history. In addition, they invite us to celebrate Earth Day in many diverse ways.

8. CHA’s 2020 Earth Day webinar.  “How to Talk about Climate Change,” featured Dr. Edward Maibach of George Mason University and Jose Aguto of the Catholic Climate Covenant.
Watch the recording at http://ow.ly/Thg150zfoGU
More resources 

9. Religious for peace. In a preview of what Religions for Peace has planned for Earth Day, learn what Laura Vargas, Executive Secretary Consejo Interreligioso del Perú - Religiones por la Paz and IRI Perú - Iniciativa Interreligiosa para los Bosques Tropicales Country Coordinator, is doing to halt deforestation & bring the value of faith to nurture the environment

10. Frac Sand Sentinel. It is Earth Day on April 22, 2020. Time to celebrate even if within your own family unit at home. You might want to develop a plan or instill some of the values of Mother Earth and what she means for you and children of the future. Climate change is here and we are noticing changes in our patterns everyday with increasing water issues, dirty air and the like. Think seriously about "change" and how you could help in many respects.

11. Radical Hope. On the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, join Ignatian Solidarity Network live on Wednesday, April 22 at 9pm ET, for the next in the VIRTUAL solidarity on Tap series with Molly Burins, founder and executive director go Good Lands, a non-profit organization mobilizing the Catholic Church to use her land for good.
RSVP and Join LIVE at igsol.net/sot or on ISN's Facebook page!

12. LAUDATO SI WEEK. People everywhere are crying out for hope, and our faith is urgently needed to light the way. For Laudato Si’ Week, 16-24 May, Catholics are uniting in solidarity for a more just and sustainable future.

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