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Earth Day at Skyline, Bay Area, and U.S.

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22nd! It’s no coincidence that it coincides with the 50th anniversary of our beautiful sanctuary, high on the Skyline ridge overlooking the East Bay Regional Parks.  Please join us as we honor Earth day, this Wed at 12 noon, with storyteller Mary Ellen Hill.  

Here are more events, suggestions, and actions for our anniversary:

  1. Encourage your children to learn about Earthday in this video with Mirabelle the Fairy.
  2.  Enjoy the photos of our redwood tree planting! 
  3. Review this outstanding primer from the UCC on Love of Creation, Climate Change sabbath toolkit.
  4. Also join us for this 3 day “Earth Day Live” live stream, detailed below, and featuring Al Gore, Bill McKibben Rep AOC and so many others.

Back in the fall, plans were being made to pack Earth Day and the following two days with rallies, protest, and nonviolent direct action. With the pandemic, those plans have had to change. Gathering in groups is simply too dangerous for our communities. Now, the actions have gone online.

Here’s an overview of what’s happening each day:

  • April 22 – STRIKE: On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we will demonstrate our collective power and unity through community building and storytelling. This first day will focus on amplifying the voice of Indigenous leaders and youth climate activists who are leading the movement to halt the climate crisis.
  • April 23 – DIVEST: The world’s largest banks have pumped $1.9 trillion into fossil fuels since the 2015 Paris Agreement. We can’t let fossil fuel companies use the pandemic to loot trillions more when people need relief so desperately. Led by the Stop the Money Pipeline Coalition, April 23 focuses on the role of money in driving the climate crisis.
  • April 24 – VOTE: We need leaders who will address the existential threat of climate change, and for this to happen, we need people to show up at the polls. Led by the US Youth Strike Coalition, April 24 will focus on the urgency of political change through a nationwide youth voter registration day.

This is all being done online. You can go to the Earth Day Live website to sign up for emails with details about this 3-day live stream and online mobilization. The live stream will include training sessions, performances, and appearances to keep people engaged, informed, and inspired, with speakers including celebrities, politicians, scientists, and youth activists.

Earth Day in California

There are also a whole series of online events happening in California. You can access a pretty comprehensive list of those here. And here is info about some Bay Area events:

April 22: Climate Strike – stories, indigenous voices

April 23: Divestment day – Stop the Money Pipeline

April 24: Political action & voter registration

Bonus Day – Saturday, April 25: Post-Earth-Day Virtual Party

I hope you’ll participate in some of these wonderful events designed to help us celebrate Earth Day and to encourage our continued commitment to caring for the earth.

May we continue to rise up in the Spirit of Easter!
Pastor Laurie 

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