Exploring the Hidden Costs and Influences of Ads
by Marsha Rakestraw Many of us think that we’re not that influenced by ads. We’ve developed our brand loyalty over…
Maintaining Hope Amidst Atrocity: The Humane Educator’s Paradox
by Zoe Weil It’s painful to learn about the terrible injustices and cruelties in the world. Sometimes, the more we…
5 Minute Changemaker: Say No to Plastic Straws
by Marsha Rakestraw Plastic straws are one of those little things we don’t think much about. We pop them in…
5 Minute Changemaker: Speak the Good in Others
by Marsha Rakestraw My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Leddy, had us students do something that I have never forgotten. She…
5 Minute Changemaker: Take Just Enough
by Marsha Rakestraw In the hurry-scurry of our daily lives, it’s easy to buzz through on auto-pilot and not think…
How Do We Change?
by Zoe Weil Artist and changemaker Chris Jordan asks several questions in his fascinating TED talk. Through his powerful photographs…
Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Shoulders” Inspires Collective Action for Our “Blue Dot” Home
by Marsha Rakestraw While it’s vital that we as humane educators help teach others about challenging issues so that they…
Solutionary Spotlight: Eight-Year-Old Shows How to “Make Lemons into Lemonade”
by Marsha Rakestraw When eight-year-old Senna learned that sea lion pups are starving and dying, she cried. But she didn’t…
Vote Every Day for Human Rights
Domestic violence. Rape. Food insecurity. Genocide. Torture. Imprisonment. Slavery. Sweatshop labor. Consumer culture. Oppressions of all sorts. It seems there…
Hold the Straw…and Other Tips for a Humane & Sustainable Life
Image courtesy of eschipul via Creative Commons. For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent post I wrote for…
Beyond Either/Or: Practice Third-Side Thinking in Your Habits
by Marsha Rakestraw We live in what appears – on the surface – to be a dichotomous society: black or…
Hope is a Verb With Its Sleeves Rolled Up
by Zoe Weil David Orr, professor of environmental studies at Oberlin College once wrote, “Hope is a verb with its…