Creation Care



THEO 425: Theological Ethics & Env.
POL SCI 373: Nature, Law & Policy




Every day truly is Earth Day, but April 22, 2020 is particularly significant. It marks the half-century anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration. In 1970, there was a growing recognition of how our lives as individuals, and as societies, were failing to care for the creation that sustains all life on earth. Concerned people of the world organized events, teach-ins, and actions to raise public awareness of our environmental crisis.

Today, creation groans much louder than it did on that first Earth Day. Global loss of habitat threatens the existence of roughly a quarter of all vertebrate species. A quarter of the human population also faces insecurity regarding life's essentials. Pollution of water, air and land threatens the health of multiple species and people. Unsustainable agriculture, fisheries, and forest practices deplete natural resources. Climate change is unraveling ecosystems of the biosphere.

Pandemic disease demonstrates just how vulnerable is our global village. It also points to signs of hope. This Fresno Pacific Earth Day 2020 is a virtual event. No electric cars parked on the campus green. No physical student poster presentations. No samples of local fruits and vegetables. Yet even in the midst of our circumstances, we still are a community of faith and action. Find here links to student research, local groups making a positive impact in our region, and opportunities for education and inspiration.

Yes, even in the face of such challenges, new hope and new life is emerging. Like fields of spring wildflowers blooming after winter rains, the actions of caring people and groups awaken dormant seeds of potential that exist within nature and within each of us. Ours is the choice: to water that dry ground, or not. Pick up your watering can and choose your spot; the links of these pages offer many places to start.

Michael Kunz; Environmental Program Director