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Even Under President Trump, Lotuses Can Still Bloom

It’s almost 4am and I haven’t been able to sleep. I thought I’d write to help me process my grief over Donald Trump’s presidential victory, come to acceptance, and get strength to fight. It’s amazing what just sitting down at the computer and formulating my thoughts has already done for my mood. One of my […]

November 9th

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

President Francois Hollande’s Spiritual Environmentalism

Climate change is a historic, global event threatening our safety, our food, our health, and our children. But the seriousness of the event often gets lost in decimal-point warming trends and sea-level rise predictions. Thankfully, this is something French President François Hollande has noticed and is beginning to remedy by tying activism to morality and religion. […]

December 2nd

California’s Interfaith Community Unites for the Climate

Last week California Interfaith Power & Light (IPL), celebrated 22 amazing California congregations and groups at its 9th annual Cool Climate Awards. It was my second year attending the event, and I was once again inspired by the ways the winners reduced their energy and water consumption, advocated for more climate action, and educated their communities. But this […]

November 16th

Why Not Eating Meat Should Be an Interfaith Issue

In the United States, eating meat is one of the few issues both Democrats and Republicans can support. While Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) may complain about the rising price of ground beef and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) may condemn Burger King for moving its headquarters abroad, the mere issue of eating beef is not a political issue. […]

November 12th

West Oakland Takes on King Coal

The historic neighborhood of West Oakland, California is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s last bastions of true grit. Local residents have battled unemployment, poverty, and crime. It was here almost 50 years ago that Huey Newton and Bobby Seale drafted the Black Panther Ten Point Program to declare the rights of the African-American community. Now local congregations […]

November 5th

Two Ways Pope Francis Can Take Climate Action

Remember the excitement you had for the Catholic Church a few short weeks ago? Pope Francis’s trip to the United States whipped us all into a faith-based frenzy, especially when it came to his remarks about climate change and environmentalism. Whether you loved what he said or thought he was being too political, one thing is […]

October 19th

Bernie Sanders Must Read EdenKeeper

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders must read EdenKeeper. At last night’s democratic presidential debate he referenced Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical when asked how he would tackle climate change and acknowledged that climate action is a “moral issue.” His answer stood in stark contrast to other presidential candidates who talked about a green energy revolution and encouraging foreign countries […]

October 14th