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Melting Glaciers in Tibet Worry Buddhist Monk

This week, as world leaders gather in Paris for the United Nations’ 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to discuss climate change, EdenKeeper plans to bring you stories from communities vulnerable to the devastating effects of climate change. The first story comes from Tibet, where a Buddhist monk is drawing attention to the rapid rate of warming at […]

November 30th

Buddhist Leaders Release Climate Change Statement

Less than a month before the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) is set to begin, UN delegates received another powerful climate change declaration from the global faith community. Signatories to the Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders warn, “We are at a crucial crossroads where our survival and that of other species is […]

November 10th

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

Dalai Lama Says Climate Action Is Logical

Yesterday, the Dalai Lama released a video urging world leaders to take strong action at the UN climate talks starting on November 30 in Paris. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader is one of growing number of religious leaders, including Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew, to call for immediate climate action. While acknowledging humanity’s great accomplishments in the fields […]

October 21st

DC Church Claims Bike Lanes Violate Religious Freedom

A lot of religious organizations do a lot of great work to protect the environment. From Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical, to small congregations making the choice to go green and connect to nature, the faithful show their dedication to the people and world around them in a myriad of ways. Well, at least they should show their dedication; […]

October 20th

Pope Francis Builds Bridge Between Economy and Environment

View image | gettyimages.com Today Pope Francis addressed Congress. Members, both Republicans and Democrats, smiled, cried, applauded, and cheered. As I watched the live broadcast and saw some of the nation’s most powerful leaders hanging intently on the broken English of an old man in a white robe, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for those politicians who […]

September 24th

Catholic Rep. Paul Gosar Is Boycotting the Pope and You Should Care

When House Speaker John Boehner invited Pope Francis to address a Joint Meeting of the United States Congress in March 2014, he probably thought the Catholic leader played for “Team Republican.” But Boehner’s assumption — as is often the case — was wrong. Pope Francis sounds more like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren than Jeb Bush when […]

September 21st

World Day of Prayer Explodes Thanks to Pope Francis

Instead of sending their prayers up to the heavens last week, religious people around the world prayed for the earth on September 1st. For the past 25 years, the Orthodox Church dedicated September 1st, the beginning of the new year in the Orthodox liturgical calendar, to care for the environment. The World Council of Churches […]

September 10th