Chief Phil Lane Jr. shares a prayer over Earth Day on the Parliament of the World's Religions' Youtube channel. He opens his prayer by referring to his audience as members of the human family, we are all united. He continues on to recognize how the Earth is the foundation of our lives, "From her we are born, and from her will we return." Our job on Earth is to understand the natural laws that govern our lives. The Dakota People recognize water as life, and as we pray, water will cleanse us. He closes the prayer for Earth Day with, " I stand responsible before the Creator for my words and actions," calling for ecological responsibility and care for the planet.
The United Nations Environment Programme compiled a list of Interfaith responses to the outbreak of COVID-19, including statements from the Berkley Center, Oxford, and the World Evangelical Alliance. The UN recognizes faith organizations as leaders in navigating the impacts of COVID-19 and made this list to recognize these emerging responses.
An event organized by the United Nations Environment Progamme and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency led a digital conference to discuss innovation to combat the environmental crisis in light of the COVID-19. The Faith for Earth Initiative calls for interfaith collaboration to combat environment problems. In the midst of a global crisis, the UN encourages this time to be used for innovation and educational progression. This quote from Iyad Abumoghi summarizes the mission:
“'The coronavirus pandemic is focusing hearts and minds, says the director of Faith for Earth, Iyad Abumoghli. “Faith for Earth is mobilizing youth, the leaders of faith-based organizations, as well as scientists and theologians to work together for innovative change to speed up sustainable development.'”