Top 5 Ways Humane Education Can Save the World

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For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent essay I wrote for Care2.com, an online community for people passionate about creating a better world. Here’s an excerpt from "Top 5 Ways Humane Education Can Save the World":

I’ve spent lots of time trying to determine the most effective and strategic approach to creating a healthy, just and humane world for all people, animals and the environment. Given limited time and resources and the enormous challenges we face, what is the very best way to create positive change in the world? Legislation and politics? Entrepreneurship and innovative technologies? Investigative reporting? Protest? Direct action and rescue? Making personal choices that are humane and sustainable?
I was so excited to watch The Story of Stuff’s new animated video “The Story of Change,” which echoed much of what I’ve been teaching and writing about (including in my recent TEDx talk, Solutionaries). Annie Leonard, whose “Story of Stuff” video introduced millions of people to the underlying effects of our products and consumerist culture, points out that we can’t buy our way out of looming catastrophes and dangerous systems of production by choosing the greener and more humane products – although choosing such products over those that are inhumane and toxic is a first step.

Read the complete essay.

~ Zoe

Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDxConejo talk: "Solutionaries"
My TEDxDirigo talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach"

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