It was an absolute pleasure to speak with Dr. Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and author of many essential books on animal behavior and our relationships with animals. Marc is not only a trusted voice for non-human animals, he is also a steadfast supporter of humane education.
Listen to our latest episode to learn more about compassionate conservation, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program, and Marc's perspective on humane education. You'll also hear some helpful tips from Marc's latest books, Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do, and Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (with Jessica Pierce).
About our Guest:
Marc Bekoff, PhD, is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and former Guggenheim Fellow, he has written or edited more than 30 books, the latest being The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age (with Jessica (Pierce), Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do, and Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (with Jessica Pierce). Marc also writes regularly for Psychology Today. In 2002 he and Jane Goodall published The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do For the Animals We Love. Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award in 2005 for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and inmates, much of which continues today. In 2009 he was presented with the St. Francis of Assisi Award by the New Zealand SPCA and in 1986 Marc became the first American to win his age-class at the Tour du Haut Var bicycle race (also called the Master's/age-graded Tour de France). His homepage is marcbekoff.com.
Photo of Marc above: Tom Gordon
It was a privilege to talk with Jessie Miller, the founder of EPIC Outreach and author of two humane-themed children's picture books. EPIC Outreach is a nonprofit organization with a mission to create a kinder world for people, animals, and the planet by inspiring compassion for all things. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, EPIC Outreach offers humane education and other outreach services to make a difference for animals and people in need.
Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots to learn how EPIC Outreach is positively impacting people and animals in their community. You'll also learn about Jessie's books, Chance: Wings of Hope and Winnie: A Wet and Windy Adventure.
About our Guest:
Jessie Miller is an avid animal advocate who loves to write and educate. She has more than twenty years’ experience handling a wide range of pets and wildlife and is on the cutting edge of progressive change for the betterment of people and animals in our communities. She continues to work with various animal welfare groups nationwide including HSUS, Alley Cat Allies, Best Friends Animal Society, the Jacksonville Humane Society, and MSPCA. Jessie lives in Florida, where she spends her time either at the beach, running, writing, reading, or hanging out with her husband and rescued pets. That often includes dogs, cats, and other small critters like a rat or a guinea pig.
On episode 11, we welcome Lisbet Chiriboga, Program Strategist for TeachKind. As the humane education division of PETA, TeachKind helps schools and educators promote kindness and compassion for animals through free lesson plans, classroom presentations, materials, advice, online resources, and more. TeachKind believes teaching kids to have empathy for all beings is a big step toward building a better, more compassionate world.
Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots for helpful advice, resources, and inspiring stories of humane education in action. You'll also learn how TeachKind cultivates relationships with teachers and reaches many thousands of learners annually.
About our Guest:
Lisbet Chiriboga, Program Strategist for TeachKind, the humane education division at PETA, creates lessons and provides guidance to teachers around the world to help them integrate compassion for animals into their curriculum. She was a classroom teacher for 12 years and has received awards for her teaching such as being a semi-finalist in the New York City Teacher Excellence Awards - this was due in large part to her work in humane education. She serves on the Executive Board of the United Federation of Teachers – Humane Education Committee and has conducted teacher workshops on animal rights issues for 15 years.
It was wonderful to talk with AJ Chlebnik, Education Programs Manager at PAWS near Seattle, Washington. PAWS is a champion for animals - rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people. PAWS envisions a world where all people recognize the intrinsic value of animals and consistently make choices that demonstrate compassion and respect.
Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots to learn about PAWS' remarkable education programs and what makes them so effective.
About our Guest:
AJ Chlebnik has been in the environmental education field for the last 13 years and has working in humane education for the last year and a half as the Education Programs Manager at PAWS. The best part of her job is being able to share the awesome work that PAWS is doing with kids and adults in the Pacific Northwest. She is the proud owner of a crazy cattle dog and a tortoiseshell cat that she acquired when she stowed away in a moving van. If she magically turned into an animal, she’s pretty sure she would be a golden retriever.
On episode 9, we welcome Katie Cantrell, Founder and Executive Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC). The mission of FFAC is empowering people to help save animals, the environment, and our own health through our daily food choices. From social justice to public health to sustainability, factory farming is one of the most serious issues facing the planet. By educating young people and stakeholder audiences about the realities of factory farming, FFAC works to build both a consumer base for a sustainable, compassionate food system and an informed citizenry that supports cultural and legislative change.
Listen to our latest episode to learn about FFAC’s transformative presentations, and discover relationship cultivation strategies to strengthen and grow your own education program.
About our Guest:
Katie Cantrell founded the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition in 2010, shortly after graduating from UC Berkeley. After reading the book, Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer, she was inspired to address factory farming holistically, as a threat to the environment, social justice, animal welfare, and public health. Since founding FFAC, she has given over 200 presentations on factory farming at venues such as Yale, Stanford, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Her presentation has been used as a resource by food justice activists across North America.
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