Author: Robyn Purchia

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West Oakland Takes on King Coal

Originally published on EdenKeeper 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 […]

November 10th

A Jihad Against Pollution in Senegal

Originally posted on EdenKeeper In the small, west-African country of Senegal, a Muslim leader has called for a jihad, but not one of violence inspired by anger or fear. It is a jihad inspired by a love for his community, the natural beauty of his country, and people all over the world, as well as an increasing anxiety […]

August 11th

How to Survive Climate Change the Best Possible Way

Originally published on EdenKeeper What do a government scientist, reverend, fisherman, and farmer all have in common? As Pope Francis wrote in his environmental encyclical, “Praised Be,” they all share a common home. And, as floods, droughts, heat waves, and storms hurt their home with increasing frequency and severity, they all share a common desire to […]

July 28th

Girl Scouts Meet With Pope Francis

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org On the day of the Epiphany in 1965, twenty-one Girl Guide associations established the International Catholic Conference of Guiding (ICCG). It was a time of radical change around the world — from the Vietnam War, to civil rights movements, to a growing environmental awareness — there was a sense that things were shifting. […]

July 1st