“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31 ESV).
Happy Earth Day! Today is for celebrating the beauty of all God created. Look around you. Do you see these trees and canyons and oceans and stars that surround us and declare God’s glory (Psalm 19:1)? We are meant to enjoy this earth and care for it.
Enjoying creation is part of what God commanded humankind in the Garden of Eden. But what he said was bigger than just enjoying the Earth.
“And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth’” (Genesis 1:28 ESV).
The other part of enjoying creation is taking care of it. The type of "dominion" Genesis has in mind is stewardship or care taking. Taking care of our planet is our mandate as humans. We have this absolutely beautiful planet, and we get to nurture it and help it thrive. It's awesome that God has trusted us with this Earth.
10 Ways You Can Love the Earth Today (and Every Day)
Get outside and take a walk. Remember what God has given us, be grateful for it, and really soak it in.
Clean up trash. If you see food wrappers and garbage on the ground, pick it up and throw it away. Maybe even organize a beach cleaning party or roadside trash pick up.
Plant a tree. Don’t have room in your own yard? Find a local group that plants trees in your community and volunteer to help.
Use less water. Don’t use more than you need.
Ride your bike. We know this isn’t possible every day, but do it whenever you get the chance. Carpooling is also a great way to cut down on carbon emissions.
Cut out single-use plastics. Did you know there are hundreds of tons of plastic in the ocean right now? An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic are put into the ocean every year, according to Scientific American. (For reference, 1 metric ton is equal to 1,000 kilograms or approximately 2,204 pounds.)
Shop Responsibly. Consider buying products that are made ethically and with renewable resources. Check out our Fair Trade Shop if you’re interested.
Make some art. Sit outside and draw what you see. Write about it. Reflect on the gift of creation.
Unplug from technology. This is essential for enjoying God's creation. And it goes hand and hand with the next point.
Slow down. It’s easy to forget about the Earth when we’re so busy all the time, especially when our faces are glued to screens, even if that’s a screen at work. But take some time to unplug, remember, and truly celebrate our current home.
I know we have a lot to worry about, and I know the weight of all the pain the world is feeling right now makes it difficult to act, but it’s so important. It seems like the Earth is dying a little more every day and it’s getting out of control—it’s easy to be cynical about all of it. And we all realize that a huge component of environmental decay is consumerism and pollution. We all know we can’t turn it around in a day or by ourselves. But we can do something together.
Let’s start small, start talking, start walking, start acting, and start loving the Earth how it deserves to be loved.