While we at IPC like to think every day is Earth Day, we know that for most people, April 22nd marks the annual holiday. This year, April 22nd brings added significance as it is Earth Day's 50th Anniversary.
On April 22nd, 1970, over two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States celebrated the first Earth Day. It’s estimated that over 20 million Americans participated in that initial Earth Day, calling for environmental reform at the local, state, and national levels of government.
IPC and our network of congregations across the state of Maryland are carrying on that tradition and will be joining in the 50th anniversary celebration of Earth Day.
In Baltimore, congregations will be gathering at Oregon Ridge Park for a full day of fellowship, prayer, and service. IPC will be joining in the celebration and leading an Interfaith Nature Walk at 3:00 PM at the event. On Maryland's Eastern Shore, IPC will be participating in the Salisbury Zoo’s celebration of Earth Day and also collaborate with other groups to lead a prayer service to open Salisbury's 2nd Annual Greenfest Celebration.
Many of our congregations are also planning prayer services, service projects, and more to celebrate Earth Day.
We want to hear what your congregation is doing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Please, if you post pictures of your event on social media, tag them with the hashtag #IPCEarthDay50 so we can chronicle all the wonderful work you do for our natural world! You can also send us information about your event by emailing us at Matthew@InterfaithChesapeake.org.
Be sure to check out IPC’s event page on our website to learn about upcoming Earth Day events in your community.