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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

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WALL-E

by Andrew Stanton

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 13, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

The year is 2805. Earth has been abandoned by humankind, after its surface has been covered with trash. Humans left behind trash-collecting robots to clean the Earth, but by 2805 all of them have been… More

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Let’s Help Each Other Awaken From the Fog of Culture

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 4 Comments | Published on June 6, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The other day my husband and I were discussing our frustration with the human race. Nearly everywhere we looked (online and around our community), we saw cruelty, destruction, oppression, and casual indifference…. More

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Behind the Label: Explore the Meanings and Motivations of Product Labels

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 23, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw When we’re able, many of us want to make more compassionate, sustainable choices. Labels on products are one tool we use to help us choose items we hope do more good… More

Haciendo Conexiones, Creando Soluciones

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 16, 2016 | Filed under College/Adult, Communication, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Spanish

Esta actividad ayuda a los estudiantes a pensar en cómo estamos todos conectados y de que manera nuestras acciones impactan a otros y al medio ambiente, e motiva a los estudiantes a aprender más acerca… More

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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