Earth Day and Creation

on April 25, 2009

National Geographic News: “Earth Day Facts: When It Is, How It Began, What to Do” Earth Day: what is the creation perspective?

This week marked the U.S. celebration of Earth Day, a nearly 40-year-old observance promoting everything from conservation to Earth worship. National Geographic News profiles the history and current perspective of some of those behind Earth Day.

Can a Christian celebrate God’s creation without worshipping it?

But is there a unique Bible-based perspective on Earth Day? Can a Christian celebrate God’s creation without worshipping it? In an article earlier this week, AiG–U.S. author John UpChurch explored those and other questions in Go (Truly) Green—by Starting with Genesis.

Coinciding with Earth Day was a survey released that showed that one-third of surveyed children aged 6 to 11 fear the Earth won’t even exist when they grow up. Some children answered that they are worried about natural disasters along with the extinction of animals. LiveScience editorial director Robert Roy Britt asked, “Does any of this indicate that childhood is truly changing, that . . . the increasingly unavoidable news reports about impending apocalypse [among other things] . . . is making kids less happy and more fearful?”

One commenter on Britt’s article answered, “This is because of YOU LiveScience,” and accused the website: “How can you write five articles a day proclaiming doom on this planet because of our terrible warmongering polluting destroying ways and then run one the next day like... hmmm I wonder why kids are scared?” Indeed, the day before LiveScience ran an article titled “Timeline: Earth’s Precarious Future” that included such unmitigated statements as:

Humans will face widespread water shortages. Famine and disease will increase. Earth’s landscape will transform radically, with a quarter of plants and animals at risk of extinction.

We wonder if LiveScience and Robert Roy Britt have made the connection yet!

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