All posts from Robyn Purchia

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Buddhist Holiday in Sri Lanka Honors Buddha With Trees

According to Buddhist tradition, just before Buddha died he saw his faithful attendant Ananda weeping. Buddha advised him not to weep over the natural disintegration of his physical body, but follow his teachings and pass them on because only truth is eternal. Buddhists remember this advice on Vesak, their lord’s birthday, by refocusing on his teachings […]

June 1st

Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker @ Religion & Ecology Summit

I’m blogging live from the Religion and Ecology Summit today. The prolific, Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University and director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, just finished giving her keynote address. Here are some quotes that stood out to me: “We have the find the words […]

March 11th

Malaysian Fatwa Makes Pollution Illegal

The lush 130-million-year-old rainforests, miles of sea-coast, colorful insects, and exotic wildlife make Malaysia one of the richest natural resources in the world. But thick air pollution and dirty waste water are hurting these natural wonders and the people who live there. In response, the Perlis Fatwa Committee in the small Malaysian northeastern state decided that […]

March 2nd

Pro-Life Christians Ask Texas to Support Clean Energy

One of the ironies with the Republican’s failure to recognize the seriousness of climate change and environmental pollution is it contradicts their pro-life platform. Exposure to chemicals like mercury, lead, and other carcinogens in the womb harms the unborn and dirty air and water obviously has serious consequences to children. But many pro-life Christians are […]

March 1st

Set Lower Expectations for Your Towels and Carrots

As part of the Hotel Council of San Francisco’s first “Stay Green Forum,” I got to tour the back rooms, roofs, and basements of some of San Francisco’s largest hotels. It was wonderful to see the Clift Hotel’s bee colony and the Hotel Nikko’s micro turbines. But as the Hilton’s general manager took us down to their “water […]

February 26th

Would Jesus Vote for Bernie Sanders?

Seeing #FeeltheBern all day on Facebook and Twitter may give you heart-bern. But it’s hard not to like Bernie Sanders. His populist message taps into the anger many Americans feel toward our pay-to-play political structure. His call for universal health care and free college tuition is simply a call for Americans to be healthier, smarter, and more competitive […]

February 17th

Lower Carbon Footprint of the Dead, Says India Court

The Ganges River, a source of spiritual purification for Hindus, is polluted. Every breath inhaled and exhaled at ashrams in Delhi, Jaipur, and Patna is polluted. Indians’ health is suffering as their country’s forests are disappearing. But last week, a federal environmental court took an important step to protect the Ganges, the air, the people, and the […]

February 8th

Tzu Chi Founder Discusses Environmentalism

I’m always excited when I stumble upon a new person of faith who cares about the environment. In the case of Dharma Master Cheng Yen, I really should have stumbled upon her earlier. The Buddhist nun, who is known as the Mother Theresa of Asia, founded the Tzu Chi Foundation and has been active with […]

January 15th