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A World of Kindness

Editors and Illustrators of Pyjama Press

Bee and Me

Alison Jay

Big Bear Hug

Nicholas Oldland

Each Kindness

Jacqueline Woodson

Ginger Finds a Home

Charlotte Voake

Greta Thurnberg

Isabel Vegara

Gwen the Rescue Hen

Leslie Crawford

Hey Little Ant

Phillip Hoose, Hannah Hoose

Hunter and His Dog

Brian Wildsmith

Lost and Found Cat

Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes

One World

Michael Foreman

Owen & Mzee

Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff

Seeds of Change

Jen Cullerton Johnson

Sparrow Girl

Sara Pennypacker

Sprig the Pig

Leslie Crawford

Sprig the Rescue Pig

Leslie Crawford, Sonia Stangl

The Barnabus Project

The Fan Brothers

The Birdman

Veronika Martenova Charles

The Coconut Monk

Thich Nhat Hahn

The Watcher

Jeanette Winter

Watership Down

Richard Adams

We are Water Protectors

Carole Lindstrom

Zoo

Anthony Browne

Books for Adults

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ishmael Beah

Girls of Riyadh

Rajaa al-Sanea

Half the Sky

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Inside the Wire

Erik Saar

Iqbal

Francesco D’Adamo

Jarhead

Anthony Swofford

Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

Leymah Gbowee

Safe Area Gorazde

Joe Sacco

Selling Olga

Louisa Waugh

Sold

Patricia McCormick

The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons For a Kinder Society

Frans De Waal

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The Merchants of Fear

Christopher Catherwood, Joe DiVanna

The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade

Victor Malarek

They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children

Roméo Dallaire

Unfair Trade

Conor Woodman

Videos for Kids

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Sesame Street: Empathy

Sesame Street

Mark Ruffalo and Murray talk about the word “Empathy”

AnimalSmart™ Character Development Series – Responsibility

PETA

PETA’s “Share the World” program for elementary students teaches the Golden Rule as it relates to animals, asks children to think how they are similar to animals, and lists actions they can take to help animals. The “Share the World” program also includes activities for children and teacher guides, available for free: https://headlines.peta.org/teachkind-share-the-world/

AnimalSmart™ Character Development Series – Respect

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

Emerson, spokes-kid for the Ontario SPCA AnimalSmart™ humane education program, talks about about respect for animals – both domesticated and wild – and respect for nature. The program includes activities for children and lesson plans for free: https://ontariospca.ca/what-we-do/humane-education/animalsmart/

AnimalSmart™ Character Development Series – Responsibility

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

Emerson, spokes-kid for the AnimalSmart™ humane education program, talks about Responsibility for animals, people and the environment. The program includes activities for children and lesson plans for free: https://ontariospca.ca/what-we-do/humane-education/animalsmart/

Videos for Adults

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Greta Thunberg’s Message #ForNature

Mercy for Animals

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg partners with Mercy For Animals to speak out about animal agriculture and highlight its connection to the environmental crisis.

Mentions interdependence, impact on humans (e.g. COVID), empathy, and asks “What will you do?” as a call to action

Brené Brown on Empathy

The RSA (Royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce)

Empathy vs sympathy

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

Dominion

Farm Transparency Project

Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom. While mainly focusing on animals used for food, it also explores other ways animals are exploited and abused by humans, including clothing, entertainment and research.

Mentions interdependence, impact on humans (e.g. COVID), empathy, and asks “What will you do?” as a call to action

https://www.dominionmovement.com/watch

The Turning Point

Steve Cutts

Ths animated short explores the destruction of the environment, climate change and species extinction from a different perspective (animals and humans flipped).

What animals are thinking and feeling, and why it should matter

TEDxMidAtlantic

Carl Safina takes us inside the lives and minds of animals around the world, witnessing their profound capacity for perception, thought and emotion, showing why the word “it” is often inappropriate as we discover “who” they really are. And yet, we are wiping out the very animals we should celebrate; we are the flood coming for Noah’s Ark. Carl leaves us with a difficult question: Do we have what it takes to let life on earth survive?

Grief and love in the animal kingdom

TED

From mourning orcas to distressed elephants, biological anthropologist Barbara J. King has witnessed grief and love across the animal kingdom. In this eye-opening talk, she explains the evidence behind her belief that many animals experience complex emotions, and suggests ways all of us can treat them more ethically — including every time we eat. “Animals don’t grieve exactly like we do, but this doesn’t mean that their grief isn’t real,” she says. “It is real, and it’s searing, and we can see it if we choose.

Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? Reprise music video by Moby

Moby

Updated music video to Moby’s ‘Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?’, reflecting what’s happening to humans animals, and the environment and imagining a better world

The Neurochemistry Of Empathy, Explained With Claymation

The RSA (Royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce)

Want to understand the science behind empathy? This quick video explains why and when we care.

https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the-neurochemistry-of-empathy-explained-with-claymation/

Being with Jane Goodall

NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

Jane Goodall opens her heart to animals and tells us why we should, too.

Articles

4 Ways To Tap Into The Transformational Power Of Empathy To Find Common Humanity

Forbes

Three types of empathy and two theories of how we empathize. Includes empathy for animals and the environment.

What, Me Care? Young Are Less Empathetic

Scientific American

A 2011 study finds a decline in empathy among young people in the U.S.

Exploring environmental empathy in action with children’s books (Daniel Holm)

Daniel Holm

This article defines “environmental empathy in action”, and highlights both fiction and nonfiction children’s books where the characters are actively trying to protect the environment. These stories, which contain characters engaged in what is termed environmental empathy in action, provides a springboard for discussing both environmental issues and ways in which people are trying to solve these issues.

Empathy

Psychology Today

Psychology Today outlines the basics of empathy, including developing empathy, empathy in relationships, and the downsidecof empathy.

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