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.
It was a pleasure to speak with Diane Rose-Solomon, founder of Pets People Planet Connection and author of several humane education books. Using her books as a tool, Diane helps educators and parents teach children about compassion, responsibility, and kindness. Diane's vision is to connect people, animals, and community all over the world to foster a Pets People Planet Connection.
Listen to this week's episode of Connected Roots to learn more about Diane's inspiring work in humane education, including the many education resources available through her Team Kindness program.
Book Giveaway! We're giving away a copy of all three of Diane's books to one lucky reader. Enter to win up to three times on Facebook: LIKE the Humane Education Coalition, LIKE Pets People Planet Connection, and SHARE our post about the giveaway. The deadline to enter is August 31, 2018. Good luck!
About our Guest:
Diane Rose-Solomon is a Certified Humane Education Specialist, and the author of award-winning children books, JJ the American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House, and the sequel, JJ Goes to Puppy Class. Her latest award-winning non-fiction book, What to Expect When Adopting a Dog, is a guide to successful dog adoption for every family. Diane also founded Team Kindness, a program where children, families, and teachers can learn about and engage in kind, and humane educational activities. Purchase Diane's books here.
We're delighted that Emilie and Dana Buchwald of The Gryphon Press could join us on Connected Roots! The mission of The Gryphon Press is to publish beautifully illustrated children's picture books about the vital issues that animals - domestic, wild, and farmed - face, and to present those issues in such a way that children gain insights into and develop empathy for every animal life.
The Gryphon Press titles showcase a range of important issues and ideas in humane education, including responsible pet guardianship, animal abuse and neglect, empathy development, and adoption and fostering. Additionally, many of their titles feature free, downloadable teaching guides. Learn more about The Gryphon Press and how their books have changed the landscape for humane education and empathy development in young people around the world.
About our Guests:
Emilie Buchwald, Publisher, is a writer, editor, award-winning children’s book author and teacher. Several years before founding The Gryphon Press, she retired as publisher of the nationally acclaimed nonprofit literary press Milkweed Editions, which she founded. She has received several awards for her work in the service of literature, including the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award and The National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award. Emilie is the author of two award-winning children’s novels, Gildaen and Floramel and Esteban.
Dana Buchwald, Associate Publisher, has worked as an attorney, as well as a producer, director, writer, and interviewer in theater and radio. She holds a B.A. from Carleton College and a Law Degree from Washington College of Law at American University. Dana is a senior district leader with the Humane Society of the United States and has served on the board of the Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE). She volunteers with several animal advocacy groups to lobby on behalf of all animals, domestic, wild, and farmed.
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