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The Wartville Wizard

by Don Madden

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 24, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Resources, Science

Each day an old man who loves nature and neatness spends his time picking up the litter his fellow community members carelessly toss on the ground. One morning, ready to give up, he is endowed… More

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Sandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint

by Femida Handy and Carole Carpenter

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 12, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Humane Living, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Sandy loves visiting her Grandpa’s house each summer and playing on the beach. One day she discovers a whole mess of trash left on the beach. As she picks it up, she encounters the “Garbage… More

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Tips for MOGO Birthday Parties

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 12, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Balloons and decorations. Disposable tableware. Gift wrap and little plastic toys. Birthday parties are often accompanied by a slew of waste and wear on people, animals, and the earth. But parties can be fun and… More

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The Dumpster Diver

by Janet S. Wong

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 19, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources

Steve the electrician dives for buried treasure right smack here in our backstreet alley.” The neighborhood kids help Steve with his dumpster diving and transform junk into wonderful, often useful treasures. A useful conversation starter… More

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Where in the World is Away?

by Michael Franti

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 17, 2013 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Resources, Science

Created by musician Michael Franti, this story, in rhyming text, follows Little Lee and Little Lou as they contemplate the best place to throw their juice bottle “away.” When they encounter Mo the Crow, he… More

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What a Humane World Looks Like: Hanging on Longer to Our Stuff

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

No, I’m not talking about the stuff that we don’t need or want. We should definitely chuck that out the first chance we get (to a thrift store or a friend or the recycle bin,… More

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Solutionary Spotlight: 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 24, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

We all need inspiration and motivation. We all need to believe that we can indeed change the world. This year’s Goldman Environmental Prize winners serve as both inspiration and reminder that each of us has… More

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What a Humane World Looks Like: Picking Up Others’ Trash

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 17, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Yes, ideally, there shouldn’t be trash to pick up in a humane world. In such a world, folks would pick up after themselves. But, to help nudge us along that path, I recommend picking up… More

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MOGO Tip: Little Things Mean a Lot

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 10, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

In the hurry-scurry of our daily lives, it’s easy to buzz through on auto-pilot and not bring attention to the amount of stuff we’re consuming each morning — the soap and shampoo in the shower;… More

Is Our Pickiness Helping Plunder the Planet?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 4, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Pickiness” can be a good thing. As citizens striving to do the most good and least harm for ourselves, other people, animals, and the earth, we want options that reflect our ethical values. Thus, we… More