Robyn Purchia is the environmental columnist with the San Francisco Examiner, founder of EdenKeeper.org, which explores the relationship between religion and environmentalism, and the current development organizer with the nonprofit Mothers Out Front. Follow her on Twitter @robynpurchia.
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'What We Love, We Will Protect'
A desire to care for the environment also stems from the Christian traditions of compassion and love. Congregations have long worked to alleviate hunger, lift the poor and the vulnerable, and comfort the sick. Creating community gardens, making energy more affordable, and working to avoid the worst effects of climate change, which are disproportionately felt by low-income communities, stem from these traditions.