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How Do We Change?

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on April 21, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil Artist and changemaker Chris Jordan asks several questions in his fascinating TED talk. Through his powerful photographs of human behavior and mass consumption, Jordan attempts to make our unconscious societal choices conscious,… More

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An Ocean of Plastic (lesson plan)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on April 7, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

Plastic has become ubiquitous not only in our lives, but in our oceans. Elementary school teacher (and IHE graduate certificate alum) Betsy Farrell-Messenger has created a lesson plan to help younger students think critically about… More

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Resources for Teaching and Learning About Food Waste

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw According to reports, worldwide we humans waste between 30-50% of our food sometime during the production and consumption cycles. That’s a lot of waste, and an invaluable resource that isn’t finding its… More

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So Long, Joneses! I’m Buying Nothing New Next Year

Written by Lexie Greer | 1 Comment | Published on December 19, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Lexie Greer I don’t know who the Joneses are, but I’m breaking up with them. I am tired of trying to keep up, of being made to feel inadequate, of being told that… More

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Are the Holidays Wearing You Down or Filling You Up? It’s Your Choice

Written by Lynne Westmoreland | 3 Comments | Published on December 12, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lynne Westmoreland This is the time of year set aside to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, and Kwanzaa. The themes of the season are the return of hope, abundance, and protection, the return… More

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Tips for Happier, More Humane Gift-Giving

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 3, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw This time of year the news is full of headlines about record sales, various shopping frenzies (Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc.), and an even earlier start on holiday buying. Juxtaposed with the… More

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Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

by Paul Fleischman

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 1, 2015 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

“Eyes Wide Open” (208 pgs, grades 7-12) is a quick succession of information highlights on topics ranging from dependency on oil to the role of lobbyists in our daily lives. The book is full of… More

Media Literacy Clearinghouse

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 28, 2015 | Filed under Communication, Education, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Created and maintained by educator Frank W. Baker, the Media Literacy Clearinghouse offers lesson plans, resources, and more to help educators teach K-12 students media literacy skills and help them think critically about media issues. More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Project Wild Thing”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 16, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw How can we get kids (and adults) to fall in love with the natural world again? How do we get them to put down their screens and get outside? David Bond, filmmaker… More

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Getting the Child Slave Labor Out of Your Shopping Cart

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on January 8, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

We hear about forced and child labor, reading about specific instances in the news, and we may wonder whether the sugar, cookies, or bananas we bought last week, or the cellphone we’re using, or the… More