Join in the Fun and Support Our Friends at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Those of you Wake Up Weekenders who had the privilege of attending Nekeisha Alexis-Baker's presentation on Racism, Sexism, and Speciesism back in 2009 know very well that anything she puts her hand to is well worth attending. That's why I thought you might like to know about a free concert she's promoting on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, IN, featuring Seth Martin and the Menders, a band of good old fashioned folk agitators with members hailing from all over the globe (have banjo, will travel!). Elkhart is just a short drive due south, but if you can't spare the time on a weeknight, you can still check out the music, fan them up on Facebook, and spread the good word to friends and family in or around Elkhart. What's the animal connection, you ask? Seth's got a song in the new documentary film The War On Animals. Check out the trailers here, but a word of warning--they are not for the faint of heart.
Balcombe Knocks it Out of the Park in Interview on Public Radio
If you have fifty minutes to spare, I recommend dropping everything and checking out this fascinating interview with cognitive ethologist Jonathan Balcombe, author of the new book Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals. Rarely, if ever, have I heard a more articulate public defense of animal sentience, the richness of animals' inner lives, and the ethics of veganism. Simultaneously humble and firm, Balcombe offers principled answers to all the big questions: What about eating meat, eggs, and dairy? What about leather shoes? What about fishing? What about hunting? What about companion animals? If you're looking for inspiration or ideas for making headway with friends and family, it'll be hard to do better than Jonathan Balcombe. Big props to the Diane Rehm Show for having the vision to invite him!
An Excellent Blog on Sustainable Agriculture Around the World
While The Worldwatch Institute isn't a vegan organization, they do a lot of excellent work to raise awareness about the moral and environmental dangers of industrial agriculture and to spread the word about sustainable alternatives for feeding a hungry world. In preparation for their annual "State of the World" report in 2011, they've launched a very informative blog called Nourishing the Planet. Check it out here, sign up for a weekly newsletter, and spread the word to interested friends and family.
Want to Learn to Grow Produce Sustainably and Get College Credit?
Have I got the program for you! Agroecology, with its emphasis on biological systems, is an important part of the growing effort to make human activities compatible with natural ecosystems. The Agroecology Summer Intensive at Merry Lea consists of four academic courses along with practical and experiential components. Students study Soil Properties and Management, Vegetable Crops, Agroecology and Small Farm Management and Produce Marketing. They may earn either 6 transferable undergraduate credits in 41/2 weeks or 12 credits in 9 weeks.
Students live on site at Merry Lea's Platinum LEED Certified Reith Village.
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center is owned and operated by Goshen College, Goshen, IN, a Mennonite Christian liberal arts college in northern Indiana. Students live on site at Merry Lea's Rieth Village, a field station that has earned the platinum LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The setting provides an outstanding laboratory where lectures, fieldwork and daily living are closely allied. Intrigued? Check out the program brochure or peruse these FAQs. Convinced? Fill out an application!
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