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Milo Runkle: Expanding Our Sphere of Concern

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After witnessing the brutal handling of a live piglet brought into school for dissection, Milo Runkle discovered that the current legal system offered no recourse for him to press charges on behalf of the animal. The experience spurred him to found Mercy for Animals when he was 15 years old. Over the last 20 years, that organization has become an important group to assist in the move away from factory farming and the worst practices of animal agriculture to create a more kind, compassionate, and gentle human presence on the planet through the foods we eat. Runkle is also the founder of the Good Food Institute, a writer, meditator, and an advocate outside of farm animals for LGBT rights and for the rights of nature. "To me, when we talk about the issue of our treatment of animals and our food system, and transforming it, it really is about compassion, not just compassion for animals, but for those who are forced to do work that causes a lot of suffering." He sh…

Why We Need Darkness

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Diane Knutson is a former National Park Ranger and the creator of the Lights Out Movement in Rapid City, South Dakota. Light pollution not only impacts our view of the universe, but our environment, our individual health, and energy consumption. Not long ago, the starry night sky was clearly visible -- now, songbirds mistake city skylines for the rising sun, eight out of ten children will never see the Milky Way, and exposure to artificial light at night has been linked to physical and mental health problems. Knutson explains the problem with light pollution and provides solutions for regaining a dark sky.


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Time Out of Joint: Shakespeare in Prison

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Rehabilitation through the Arts brought a screening of three films based on Shakespearean works to an upstate New York prison with powerful results. The timeless themes of Shakespeare's writings, themes such as what it means to be a man, to be human, to live in a society with many ills which also provides possibilities for growth and transformation, are discussed after the films are viewed by the residents of the prison. The programs helps incarcerated individuals to reclaim and sustain their humanity. In a place where, as one participant says, you learn "to appreciate time when all you have is time," Shakespeare's works come alive as they spark hope and inspiration.


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Mark Tredinnick Heals with Poetry

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Poet Mark Tredinnick is the recipient of multiple international poetry prizes, who experienced a period of depression or "spiritual catastrophe," when he lost his moorings. In this interview he explains how poetry helped him find himself again through his "welcoming of the wholeness of my life, including the sorrow and the pain."


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Slow Media

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Jennifer Rauch took a six-month break from the Internet, iPhone, email and ebooks. Instead of unplugging she says, "I was replugging into relationships, into nature and into my community." She argues that Carlo Petrini's (Slow Food) principles "good, clean, fair" also apply to digital media. In regard to "clean"-- is the production of electronic products environmentally sustainable? With regard to "fair"-- are the people making the media products being treated humanely?

More in this conversation with Rauch.


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Breath of the World

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Who among us does not depend on fresh air as the source of our life and well-being? As one Ecuadoran elder said, "It is from the Amazon that the breath of the world comes; without the amazon the world would not breathe.". Our rain forests are all that stand between us and catastrophic climate change. Watch this video and then share it with everyone you know who likes to breathe fresh air.


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