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Conservation Magazine

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 25, 2014 | Filed under Environmental Protection, Magazines, Media & Culture, Resources, Science, Websites

Conservation is a science magazine that explores environmental issues and solutions for our world. Topics include energy, global warming, health, nature, technology and culture. Many stories are freely available on the website. More

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Can We Save the Tiger?

by Martin Jenkins

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 19, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources, Science

“We humans have changed the world a lot over the years …. Some of the animals and plants that we share the earth with have coped with the changes very well. But some haven’t.” In… More

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Animal Sentience, Emotions and Intelligence: Our Newest Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

In 2012 an international group of prominent scientists signed the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, which asserts that many species of nonhuman animals are conscious and aware, some to the degree that humans are. Recently Scientific… 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

Exploring Deforestation

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 5, 2013 | Filed under Animal Protection, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science

Students explore global deforestation and its causes and consequences and consider solutions that do more good and less harm for all. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: A few days to several days   More

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One Small Step: Volunteering as a Humane Educator

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 19, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

When it comes to launching into humane education, inertia and trepidation can take hold: What if I don’t know enough/I’m not good enough? What if my audience is bored/annoyed/traumatized? What if someone disagrees with me?… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Bringing Critical Thinking to Scientific Studies & Their Reporting

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on May 14, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Skim the news headlines most days, and you’ll see news reports about scientific studies on all sorts of topics. The trouble is that many of the news stories offer soundbite analysis and quick conclusions, many… More

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Humane Education Activity: Find Your Tree

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 19, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

We’re losing our connection with the natural world. That which sustains us, feeds and nurtures us, inspires us. We depend on it for our very survival, yet we continue to allow all our gadgets and… More

A Moment in Your Shoes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 4, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, College/Adult, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

How will students feel spending a moment in the shoes of a battery hen or a child slave? Use this lively and thought- provoking activity to introduce human and animal issues and the connections between… More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Sandra Steingraber Talks Fracking, Powerful Interests, & Cancer as a Human Rights Issue

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 6, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy dunrie via Creative Commons. As a scientist, educator, writer, speaker, cancer survivor, parent, and activist, Sandra Steingraber’s experiences have led her on a journey that has culminated in using all those experiences to… More