Since its beginning in 1970, Earth Day has been designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. Celebrated in the U.S. on April 22, it has become one of the most widely recognized annual events in the country.
According to the official event website, Columbus’ Earth Day celebration is the largest volunteer service effort across the country where hundreds of volunteers partake in a variety of activities across the region. This year Central Ohio offers its seventh annual celebration: “Earth Day 2013: Stand Together.
During Earth Day weekend (April 20-21), Columbus is teeming with more than 100 eco-activities: the public is invited to Stand Together with thousands of volunteers as they plant trees, pull invasives, cleanup neighborhoods, prepare gardens, and more at over 100 volunteer activities across the region. Then on Saturday, April 27 participants will Stand Together to enjoy favorite local bands, food trucks, along with environmental groups, green businesses, and more at a Columbus Commons celebration commemorating Earth Day 2013 accomplishments.
Earth Day 2013--Stand Together
Date April 27, 2013
Location: Columbus Commons
Time: Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Address: 160 S. High St., Columbus, 43215
To learn more about the schedule of events and other details, click here:
Earth Day: A Christian Response
Doug Phillips of Vision Forum Ministries and others see Earth Day as part of the radical environmental movement which promotes a “New Age” religion. He comments: “Friday, April 22, millions of people (perhaps billions) representing the countries of the United Nations will stop to celebrate the high holy day of this religion as they pay homage to the earth God.” Phillips addresses “Four Lies of the Radical Environmentalist Movement” and offers a thoughtful Christian response to Earth Day with “Four Christian Assumptions about the Earth.”
Many Christians view Earth Day as just another day, an occasion to recognize and celebrate the beauty of God’s creation.
The Psalmist proclaims:
The earth is the LORD's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
For he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Similar sentiments are echoed in the lyrics of the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth.” The text brings to mind the handiwork of the Creator and the beauty of His creation. Click here to view the lyrics displayed against an array of striking scenes from nature.
Others think of Earth Day as another reminder of God’s desire that humanity will fulfill their responsibility to “subdue the Earth” and cultivate, wisely manage, and carefully steward the planet.
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