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The Green Life: Educator Zoe Weil Transforms People and Planet

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August 05, 2010

Educator Zoe Weil Transforms People and Planet

Mostgood175w Humane educator and author Zoe Weil gave presentations about animal rights, environmental stewardship, and social justice to thousands of students each year, but was still frustrated that more emphasis wasn’t being put on these issues. So in 1996, she co-founded the Institute for Humane Education to reach more people by offering courses for anyone looking to add more meaning into life.

“I focused my personal work on education because I believe that if we give everybody the knowledge, tools, and motivation to become conscientious choice-makers and engaged change-makers, they will be able to go out and do what they’re meant to with their lives,” said Weil.

Her latest endeavor, Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life, was chosen as a 2010 Silver Award recipient of the Nautilus Book Award in the environmental category. It was written, Weil said, for people trying to figure out how to make their lives a deeper expression of their values, and how to live more sustainably.

“I tell people to consider the three I’s: inquiry, introspection, and integrity,” she said. “First bring inquiry to your choices – what you eat, wear, buy – and then introspect, think about the impacts of your choices. Finally, try to live with integrity. If there are negative consequences to what you’re doing, make different choices.”

--Allison McCann / image courtesy Zoe Weil

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