And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Today marks the 45th year of celebrating Earth Day. In 1970 Gaylord Nelson started the annual celebration in reaction to the damage done by the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. The focus then was to educate the public about the environment and on that first Earth Day held on April 20, 1970 nearly 20 million people across the US were rallied and gather in public areas to talk about the environment and find ways to defend the planet.
In a survey done by ecoATM, 30 percent of the people polled plant a tree for Earth Day, 23 percent clean up a local park and roughly 47 percent associate Earth Day with recycling. What will do you this Earth Day to celebrate and protect this great planet that God has entrusted us to care for?
Holy and Gracious God, creator of the sky and land. We stand in awe of all that makes up this great earth, from the depths of the deep blue ocean, to the beauty of the animals that walk the dry land. Help us protect and take care of this great planet so it may continue for generations. Amen.