Earth Day Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Date posted: Sunday 19 April 2020

April 22, 2020 will be the 50th anniversary of Earth Day first celebrated in 1970 when 20 million Americans came to streets and campuses around the country to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet.


While 50 years have gone by, the challenge continues as we watch the needle inching upward toward environmental crisis in many/all parts of the world. Today Earth Day is celebrated in 174 countries with 1 billion participants. It is the largest secular civic event in the world.


The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.


The world needs you — and your actions — for Earth Day 2020. There’s so much you can do to help protect and restore our planet, from joining a cleanup or climate strike, to taking part in the world’s largest citizen science initiative, to hosting an event in your own community!


Here is a poem that should resonate with all of us who live in Minnesota and appreciate the changing seasons while eagerly awaiting spring. We have a part to play in renewing our earth; God created our planet and all its wonders and put it in our care.


Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
Its special beauty to this Earth of ours.
Winter’s snow and summer’s flowers;
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything.
–Edna Frohock


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-Vernita Kennen
Incarnation Lutheran, Shoreview