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Speaking From the Heart: A Council of All Beings

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 27, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For February, American Heart Month, we’re posting about compassion, empathy and love. Let us know what you think by commenting.) What does a mountain wish for?… More

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6 Activities Exploring Prejudice and Discrimination

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow… More

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Saving the Forest and the Trees: 2 Activities Exploring Deforestation

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 6, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Forests are mythical, magical and mysterious. We depend upon them for everything from the air we breathe, to the inspiration for bad poetry, to a source for the very materials that make our lives possible…. More

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Embracing Our Heartbreak to Find Our Solutionary Paths

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 16, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Part of the purpose and joy of humane education is in helping others find their path as solutionaries. Often we ask people passionate about creating a better world to reflect on questions like these to… More

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You’re Judging People By That Bag They’re Carrying

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 2, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Every day we make split-second assumptions about others, often without being aware we’re doing it. We may make assumptions about the person driving a gas-guzzling SUV; the woman wearing a fur coat; the parent with… More

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How Free Are We? Exploring Our Complicity in Oppressing Ourselves & Others

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on July 3, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

As we near July 4 here in the U.S., our thoughts often turn to freedom (when we’re not thinking about fireworks, BBQs, and summer fun). We’re grateful for the freedom we have. What we often… More

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Humane Education Activity: Power Chat

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on June 25, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

What are the problems of the world? What tools and skills do I have to make a positive impact? Power Chat is an activity perfect for classrooms, nonprofit groups, and other groups of people passionate… More

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So, You Love Animals: An Action-Packed, Fun-Filled Book to Help Kids Help Animals

by Zoe Weil

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on February 12, 2013 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Books, Humane Education, Online Store, Resources, Zoe Weil's Books

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So, You Love Animals teaches children (best for ages 9-12) about what is happening to animals in our world and offers hundreds of activities to help young people enjoy animals and nature and become involved in their protection. More

Our Top 12 Most Popular Humane Education Activities for 2012

Written by blogger | No Comments | Published on December 31, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy Leo Reynolds via Creative Commons. Humane education activities and lesson plans are just one of the perks we provide in our Resource Center. We have more than 80 humane education activities available for… More

6 Activities for Teaching About Advertising

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 12, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

In her newest TEDx talk, Educating for Freedom, IHE President Zoe Weil highlights how our culture inundates us with marketing and advertising every day, telling us we won’t be happy or successful or sexy or… More