By a coincidence of the calendar and lectionary, 2011 sees Good Friday fall on April 22, which also happens to be Earth Day. Founded by Gaylord Nelson (that's not a made-up name) in 1970, Earth Day was seen as key to the birth of the modern environmental movement. Good Friday moves around, of course, as it is related to the complex calculations concerning the date of Easter, so this coincidence won't occur again for a while (2095 in fact).
That got me thinking about life and death, which are such features of the story of Good Friday. Jesus, goes through the ordeal of suffering and death, yet is the source of healing and life. He is a pioneer of the path through death to resurrection and new beginnings. Could that narrative provide an inspiration for environmental action as well as spiritual and personal transformation?
If this Good Friday, we could all "put to death" one specific action, habit or practise that damages our earth, perhaps we could all share in being the means by which hope of new life comes into being. And what better day to celebrate that new life than Easter?