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5 Things (Social) Science Tells Us to Do When Talking About Climate Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on May 16, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Call it climate change, global warming, climate catastrophe, or the impending apocalypse, we’ve seen that it’s rampaging across our planet and affecting every being on earth. A new poll from the Yale… More

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Don’t Fall Into the Changemaker Trap That Makes People Resist Positive Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 8 Comments | Published on January 14, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Awhile back I had dinner with some new non-vegan friends and colleagues. I was the only vegan there, and it came out that they’d been a bit concerned that I’d pull out… More

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9 Tips for Maximizing Your Changemaker Impact on Facebook

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Social media is a powerful tool for social change, but to be effective it requires frequent time, attention, and research. And it is constantly evolving, so what was best practice a few… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Emotional Intelligence Requires an Ethical Center

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

by Marsha Rakestraw As more schools recognize the importance of helping students master their emotional skills, as well as their academic skills, social emotional learning is becoming a mainstream part of the curriculum. Studies show… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Study Says Species Disappearing at 1,000 Times Greater Than Before

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 16, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Finding accurate numbers about rates of species extinction has been difficult, in part because we still don’t know how many species live on Earth. We’re finding new ones all the time. A new study in… More

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Gay-Straight Alliances Improve School Culture, Help Prevent Suicide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 10, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

According to a new study published in the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies (h/t to Alternet), Canadian schools that have longer-standing (three years or more) gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and/or anti-homophobic bullying policies… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Because Shiny Objects Can Cause Us to Alter Our Values

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 15, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

I have a confession. I’ve knowingly been contributing to the genocide of orangutans and the destruction of the rainforest. I’ve been supporting war, sweatshops, the pollution of our oceans, and the rise in global warming…. More

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Having Trouble Inspiring Positive Change? Maybe You’re Not Speaking the Right Language

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 13, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy Sacca/Flickr. Tell me about the personal economic benefits of weatherizing my home or of driving less, and I’m likely to lose interest quickly. Tell me that taking those actions will cause less harm… More

Why We Need Humane Education: Study Shows Kids Influence Adult Environmental Choices

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 20, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Does humane education work? Does it change attitudes and behaviors and nurture more solutionaries? Where’s the evidence? Many of us can tell a plethora of humane education success stories from what we’ve witnessed ourselves, but… More

Why We Need Humane Education: Research Shows Having More Money, Power Makes People Less Humane

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 10, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

In our current society, we need a certain amount of money to be able to live with adequate food, shelter, and other necessities. And studies show that our perception of how much money is enough… More