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It’s Good Earth Friday Day

Kid and planet

For the first time since we started celebrating Earth Day, it happens to also fall on Good Friday.

That doesn’t necessarily mean anything more than a coincidence of the calendar. But then again, it’s kind of interesting to compare and contrast the two observances.

Christ and the disciples, arboreal

One is a fairly recent celebration intended to raise awareness of our planet and our place in the ecosystem. The other is an ancient holiday (literally, a holy day) intended to raise awareness of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the promise of spiritual rebirth.

Some will see this as a conflict of two world views, secular vs. religious. Others will find common ground. Here are a few:

The Christian Century — Christians reflect on Earth Day Good Friday Concurrence

Atlanta Journal Constitution — A Providential Convergence

CNN — A Spokane Presbyterian’s Perspective

NewsBusters — Google celebrates Earth, ignores Jesus

Center for American Progress — Faith-based wake-up call on Earth Day


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.