What impact does large-scale animal agriculture have on people, other species, and the planet?
Students will compare and contrast the common images and ideas we often have of traditional farming practices with the reality of modern-day factory farming by viewing: The Meatrix® Relaunched video. After discussing the practices outlined in the video, students will break into small teams to represent one of the four main groups most impacted by the negative consequences of factory farming: farm animals; local wildlife living close to factory farms; agricultural farm workers; and meat, dairy and egg consumers. Each small team will write up a brief first-person statement from the perspective of the group they are representing, based on facts they are provided, as a way to speak up about the problems they experience because of factory farming. Finally, the students will brainstorm possible solutions to create a more sustainable and just farming system for people, animals, and the planet.
Students will be able to…
Explain at least two ways that people, farm animals, and the planet are affected by large-scale farming operations.
Create a first-person statement out of facts written in the third-person.
Demonstrate empathy toward other people and other species.
Identify at least two ways that food can be produced in a sustainable way.
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This lesson is from our new 2017-18 comprehensive resource guide Justice for All: Educating Youth for Social Responsibility. Comprehensive humane education addresses human rights, animal protection, environmental ethics, and the ways in which these areas are interconnected. Imagine a world where children learn to peacefully co-exist with one another; a world where children learn to respect and honor the environment; a world where children learn to protect the myriad species with whom we share this planet. Humane education encourages students to think about their responsibility to the earth and all of its inhabitants, and provides youth with the tools to make more informed and compassionate choices. By allowing students to learn crucial information and develop solutions for many of the modern issues facing our world, humane education promises to usher in a global community that is prepared to make the planet a more peaceful and sustainable place.
Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) and the Peace Learning Center have partnered to create this resource guide to help educate youth for social responsibility. HEART’s mission is to foster compassion and respect toward all living beings and the environment. As a full service humane education provider in New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland Oregon, HEART conducts student programs (in-school, after-school and in summer camps), offers professional development workshops for teachers both nationally and internationally, develops educational resources, and advocates for humane education. The Peace Learning Center educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully. It has served more than 200,000 people since its inception in 1997. Growing worldwide, Peace Learning Center now has programs in eight USA cities and five countries.
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