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The Impact of Humane Education

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The Impact of Humane Education

If someone was to ask you who you believe are the leaders in the environmental or vegetarian movement, who would you say? Who is it that you think makes a sizeable impact on the masses in order to try help them see the greater good and adopt lifestyle changes? I'm sure we probably all have different names that we would throw out there. For me, I would say Zoe Weil, hands down. Not sure who she is or if you have heard of  her? Read on!

Zoe Weil does amazing work to help make this world a better place. She does what so many people want to do and dream of doing, but for one reason or another never get around to doing it. She is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) and the author of several books on the topic. She has literally stood before thousands of people of all ages and in a non-threatening way challenged them to think.


Before I knew about IHE I had read some of her books. Although I own them all, my favorite of hers is the The Power and Promise of Humane Education. Great book for anyone that wants to learn about some of the most important issues of our time and how to help teach the next generation about them and live their life in a less harmful way. She also has Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times and her latest, Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life. She also has a children's book, So, You Love Animals: An Action-Packed, Fun-Filled Book to Help Kids Help Animals.

I highly recommend checking out her books. They are filled with great info and tips for better living. I believe that Zoe is such a leader in this movement for better living because of her approach. While there are many people that use things such as shock value, offensive angles, etc., as a way to try to help further the movement, she does none of this. She takes a gentle educational approach, whereby she reaches people at the core and helps them to come to their own better conclusions. Education is at the heart of getting people to make positive changes and she has reached so many through her educational programs, teaching youngsters, and through her books.

When I first found out that the IHE offered a masters degree in humane education I was thrilled. It seemed like it was the perfect fit for me. Every course in the program sounded like it had been written with me in mind, because it was all things I'm curious and passionate about now. However, I was already knee-deep in a two-year masters degree program in professional writing, which I will be finishing in May 2010. But I am hoping that I can go on to do the program at IHE once I finish the one I'm currently in!

If you are looking to learn more about humane education, or make it part of your career, read some of Zoe's books, check out her blog, and look into the certificate and degree and non-degree programs offered at the IHE. You will learn a great deal from this inspirational person!