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What’s the Price of Our Obsession With Beauty Products? (lesson plan)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 22, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  Our obsession with looks and beauty — especially among women — is at an all-time high. We search endlessly for the products that will transform our bodies into a more acceptable and desirable form,… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Track Every Penny (for at Least a Month)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 19, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw $300 on meals out. $50 for your caffeine buzz. A new shirt. The book you have to have (and then never read). In our super-sonic consumer culture focused on instant gratification and… More

Book cover: How Big Is Your Travel Footprint?Book cover: How Big Is Your Travel Footprint?

How Big Is Your Travel Footprint?

by Paul Mason

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 10, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Health, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

How Big Is Your Travel Footprint? (grades 3-8) highlights some of the impacts of our travel choices. Short paragraphs and bullet points outline the benefits and costs of the “transportation industry,” as well as its… More

Book Cover: How Big Is Your Water Footprint?Book Cover: How Big Is Your Water Footprint?

How Big Is Your Water Footprint?

by Paul Mason

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 10, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Food & Diet, Health, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

How Big Is Your Water Footprint? (grades 3-8) highlights some of the impacts of our water choices. Short paragraphs and bullet points outline the benefits and costs of the “water industry,” as well as water… More

Book Cover: How Big Is Your Energy Footprint?Book Cover: How Big Is Your Energy Footprint?

How Big Is Your Energy Footprint?

by Paul Mason

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 10, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Health, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

How Big Is Your Energy Footprint? (grades 3-8) highlights some of the impacts of our energy choices. Short paragraphs and bullet points outline the benefits and costs of the “energy industry,” as well as its… More

Book Cover: How Big Is Your Food Footprint?Book Cover: How Big Is Your Food Footprint?

How Big Is Your Food Footprint?

by Paul Mason

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 10, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Food & Diet, Health, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

How Big Is Your Food Footprint? (grades 3-8) highlights some of the impacts of our food choices. Short paragraphs and bullet points outline the benefits and costs of the “food industry,” as well as its… More

Book Cover: How Big Is Your Clothing Footprint?Book Cover: How Big Is Your Clothing Footprint?

How Big Is Your Clothing Footprint?

by Paul Mason

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 10, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Health, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

How Big Is Your Clothing Footprint? (grades 3-8) highlights some of the impacts of our clothing choices. Short paragraphs and bullet points outline the benefits and costs of the “clothing industry,” as well as its… More

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How Big Is Your Shopping Footprint?

by Paul Mason

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 10, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Health, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

How Big Is Your Shopping Footprint? (grades 3-8) highlights some of the impacts of our shopping choices. Short paragraphs and bullet points outline the benefits and costs of the “shopping industry,” as well as its… More

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Blue Gold

by Elizabeth Stewart

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 2, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Consumerism, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Coltan, also known as blue gold, powers our cell phones and computers, but all of that convenience comes with a hidden price tag. Blue Gold (grades 9-12, 296 pgs), by Elizabeth Stewart, explores the ways… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Pick Up Others’ Trash

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 30, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The last couple of years, I’ve made a point of picking up at least one piece of trash a day from a street or parking lot. Since trash abounds, I readily exceed… More