Hymns and songs about conservation / stewardship of the earth for Earth Day - 22 April

This is a list of English-language hymns and songs about conservation / stewardship of the earth.

Most are free-to-use, ie public domain or copyright-free, meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing.  

It has been complied in honour of Earth Day.   Although the day itself started as an American secular observance, it is marked by some Christian communities, and in recent years has become a world-wide phenomina.

Hymns about creation and care for creation

Many older hymns view  the natural world as something to be exploited. A few of these are included in the free-use list, because they are so well-known. But in general these lists focus on repentance for exploiting creation or developing respect and care for the earth. Because of this, the selection of copyright hymns is larger than usual - these sentiments generally aren't included in older hymns.

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Suggested free-use hymns

All Creatures of our God and King

All Good Gifts (We plough the fields and scatter)

All Things Bright and Beautiful

As the Sun Doth Daily Rise

Beautiful Saviour King of Creation (Fairest Lord Jesus)

Benedicite

Dakota Hymn (Many and Great)

For the Beauty of the Earth

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Immortal, Invisible God only Wise

My Soul Thy Great Creator Praise

With Wonder, Lord, we see your Works


Hymns that are or may still be copyright

Above the Moon Earth Rises - Troeger

Creation sings! Each plant and tree - Leckebusch

Day of Delight and Beauty Unbounded - Dufner

God Folds the Mountains Out of Rock - Troeger

God has Done Marvellous Things - Haas

God in his Love for us Lent us this Planet - Pratt Green

God Of The Poor (Beauty for brokenness) - Kendrick

God Who Touches Earth with Beauty - Edgar

God’s will for Creation -  Bell

God's World - Couchman

In His Presence There Is Joy (Holy Ground) - Davis (P&W genre)

Laudato Sii - Lundy

Lord Bring the Day to Pass - Fraser

Lord of all Life and Power - Dudley-Smith

Morning has Broken - Fajeron

Not Here for High and Holy Things - Kennedy

O God Creator of all Things - Gilette

O Lord, our Lord, Throughout the Earth -  Bell

On Holy Ground - Pená

Song at the Centre (From the Corners of Creation) - Haugen

Thank You God for Water, Soil and Air - Wren

The Blue Green Hills of Earth - Oler

The God who set the Stars in Space -  Dudley-Smith and Hartig

The Works of the Lord are Created in Wisdom - Idle

The World Abounds with God’s Free Grace - Mehrtens

Think of a World Without any Flowers - Newport

This is Holy Ground - Beatty

Touch the Earth Lightly - Murray

We Stand in Wonder of Creation - Alonso

When your Father made the World - Rose and Conlon

Where are the Voices for the Earth - Murray



Resources for church-music selection

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