All posts from Gina Merlino

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EPA Gets Support From Faith Leaders

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) usually faces challenges in enforcing standards on clean air and water. Too often, the people working hard to curb pollution are sidelined to other pressing issues. But at a hearing on a proposed rule for power plants to limit carbon pollution, they weren’t alone. Faith leaders joined them at the […]

March 11th

Native American Student in Trouble for Spiritual Cleansing

Kids get into trouble for many things, but rarely do they get in trouble for being too clean. Crazy as it sounds, that was the case with Stephen Bunn, a high school student in Brandon, Manitoba in Canada. The 17-year-old junior came to school smelling like sage after burning some to “smudge” — or spiritually […]

March 5th

Dalai Lama Makes History, Celebrates Losar in Minnesota Today

History is being made today. For the first time ever, the Dalai Lama will celebrate the Tibetan New Year, Losar, in the United States. It is also the first time the Dalai Lama will celebrate outside India. Losar, which means “new year” or “new” and “fresh,” is the largest Tibetan festival, celebrated by everyone. This is […]

March 2nd

Desmond Tutu Declares Climate Change a Human Rights Issue

South Africa has notable inspirational figures. Last year we lost one of the greatest, Nelson Mandela. However, there is another leader who continues to spread faith, hope, and peace. Desmond Tutu is an Anglican bishop and social rights activist. He gained fame worldwide for opposing apartheid in the 1980s for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace […]

February 21st

The Chipko Tree Huggers

Tree huggers. To some conservatives and republicans it’s an insult. To quote Cartman from South Park: Dolphins, Eskimos, who cares? It’s all a bunch of tree-hugging hippie crap. But to others, being a tree hugger is a title they carry with pride because it means they care about the environment. To the brave women of the Chipko […]

February 11th