Earth Day is a carry-over from the flower-child culture of the early 1970s. At its beginning, it channeled the energy of the anti-war protest movement with a religious like focus on public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.
Over the decades since, it has become a “religion” to many, with its own devout belief system, prophets, predictions, and rituals. As such, contemporary “environmental-ism” borrows from other faith-based theologies, which believe the natural world is the artwork of God. The Bible affirms mankind’s responsibility to be a steward over God’s creation and to enjoy it and benefit from the food and pleasure it provides.
Many see modern environmentalism as a secularized “religion” that is freely taught in public schools. Earth Day is a celebration of a “religion of green.” That is the basis for today’s Earth Day Dilemma for many Christians.