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Faith, greens and green buildings topics at Earthkeeping Summit

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“I wish I could live in that garden.” 

Such was the reaction of one happy little girl who had helped to tend and taste the luscious bounty of tomatoes, lettuce and carrots growing at the St. Vincent Family Center in Columbus, Ohio, last summer.

The 10-year-old had been participating in a learning garden for kids, sponsored by Growing Matters, a non-profit organization that teaches families in the inner city of Ohio’s state capital about growing food, good nutrition and cooking.

Senator: Even in new Congress, some policies can get bipartisan backing

Less than a day after a stinging defeat that saw her party lose control of the Senate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., could still find policy priorities she thinks she can work jointly with Republicans when they take control of the Senate in 2015.

Among them are subjects that have eluded a search for common ground in past years, including trade, hunger and climate change.

Church activists help fight soy fields, oil in Argentina's Chaco region

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As the global economy pushes giant soybean fields and petroleum operations farther into previously untouched regions of South America, church activists in Argentina are standing alongside indigenous communities seeking to defend their land and culture from the destruction that such development has often entailed.

"The buzzards are circling, wanting to seize the land from those to whom it belongs," said Consolata Fr. Jose Auletta, who coordinates indigenous ministries for the diocese of Nueva Oran in northern Argentina.

In Africa, church leaders responding to climate change locally and globally

As climate change devastates communities in Kenya, church leaders are helping to address the crisis locally while also calling on industrialized nations to own up to their responsibilities for spewing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

"I think [industrialized nations] are responsible for most of the emissions," said Peter Solomon Gichira, the climate change program officer at the All Africa Conference of Churches. "They have responsibility to support climate change adaptation and mitigation as a moral obligation."

Preview: Precious Blood brother tends, teaches on Ohio farmlands

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Precious Blood Br. Nick Renner works to save Ohio's farmland for future generations. Drawing upon years of farming experience with innovative techniques, he spreads the word about practicing land and water conservation. He applies his love of farming to advise, educate and manage farmers on how to reduce topsoil erosion and runoff into lakes and freshwater bodies.

Preview: Why I'm going to the People's Climate March

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I'm showing up. As a baby boomer from the United States. As a person of faith.

I am going to the People's Climate March on Sept. 21 in New York.

The security of our home, planet Earth, is threatened. That's why I'm going. It is not the terrorists, the immigrants, or people who are poor that is causing this threat to Earth's viability. It's the continued excessive emissions of greenhouse gases created by those of us who live in highly industrialized, corporatized and technology-rich countries.

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