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Wendell Berry / The US Government Shutdown

October 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment

On a recent episode of Moyers and Company, Bill Moyers sat down with Wendell Berry. Berry is a writer, farmer and environmental activist who has been active in the US for over 50 years. The interview is pretty long (~40 minutes) but sections of it would be great in a lesson on the environment, food, […]

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Tags: animal rights · art as activism · blog · food and hunger · global issues activities · listening · poetry · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · video · writing

The True Cost of Food / Free Range Studios

November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

The True Cost of Food is a 15-minute video about the hidden costs of factory farming, industrial agriculture and fast food. It comes with a discussion guide and an excellent Take Action handout. I really like how the Take Action handout is framed — recommending actions based on the issues students care about. The video […]

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Tags: animal rights · art as activism · climate change · consumerism · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · lesson plans · listening · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual aids

My Life as a Turkey

November 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

My wife and I just watched a great documentary on PBS called My Life as a Turkey. It tells the story of naturalist and wildlife illustrator Joe Hutto and his experience as “mother” to a brood of wild turkeys. The video powerfully reveals the complex and sophisticated lives of wild turkeys. I think this should […]

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Tags: animal rights · blog · food and hunger · global issues activities · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual prompts

Take Our Jobs

June 25th, 2010 · No Comments

Take Our Jobs is a project by the United Farm Workers offering harvesting jobs to unemployed Americans. The idea is to contend the allegation that illegal immigrants take “our” jobs, while also raising awareness about the food chain. Asking students to look at this initiative could be a great way to bring up issues of […]

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Tags: animal rights · cultural issues · fair trade · financial crisis (2008) · food and hunger · global issues activities · human rights · poverty & wealth · racism · reading · the environment · vegetarian / vegan

Dancing Rabbit Blogathon – March 26 / 27

March 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Dancing Rabbit is an intentional community in northeast Missouri that is dedicated to living sustainably. They eat (and grow) local, organic food, practice natural building techniques, and host educational seminars. I stayed there for three weeks a couple of years ago and loved it. It is truly something worth supporting. Their website also features past […]

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Tags: animal rights · blog · charity · climate change · consumerism · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · natural building · pictures · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual prompts · volunteering · water

EarthPulse 2010

March 9th, 2010 · No Comments

EarthPulse is a great website by National Geographic that provides an overview of many global issues. It starts with a series of essays by Thomas Hayden. He takes a much more strongly anti-consumerism stance than I expected from National Geographic. …here we are, too far into the new century to pretend any longer that a […]

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Tags: animal rights · blog · climate change · consumerism · global issues activities · global issues resources · infographics · natural disasters · pictures · poverty & wealth · reading · slideshow · statistics · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · visual prompts · water

The Institute for Humane Education

February 10th, 2010 · No Comments

The Institute for Humane Education has a great collection of activities, many of which could be used with English language learners. Most of them are aimed at younger learners, but many could also be used effectively with adults. I haven’t yet had a chance to go through the whole site, but I took a look […]

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Tags: animal rights · blog · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · environmental justice · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · human rights · k-12 · lesson plans · poverty & wealth · reading · speaking · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · visual prompts · water

Back to the Land

December 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

I just saw this photo essay looking at farming in America. It was done as a Thanksgiving piece in the New York Times, and looks at a variety of food-related issues, albeit in a fairly simple way. I like the fact that it focuses on students, though (including a neat project called The Edible Schoolyard). […]

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Tags: animal rights · blog · climate change · consumerism · environmental justice · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · reading · the environment · vegetarian / vegan

Eating Animals

December 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Eating Animals, the new book by Jonathon Safran Foer, is a very engaging, and wide ranging, look at the ethics of eating animals. He does a great job of exploring the various issues without reducing things to exaggerated extremes. He is a wonderful writer, and I think this book would be a very interesting read […]

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