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Animal Rights

Climate Change - The way Earth’s weather patterns change over many years.

Ecosystem - A network of living things and their environment that rely on each other to stay in harmony.

Endangered - types of animals or plants at risk of going completely extinct.

Extinct - Entire species who are gone forever, with no way to repopulate with new babies.

Habitat - A place where animals and plants have the right food, water, and space they need to live.

Species - Groups of animals and plants, like polar bears or tomatoes.

Speciesism - an idea that humans are more important than living creatures, so it's okay to be unkind to our animal and plant relations.

SMASH THE KYRIARCHY

Why Act Now?

As humans cut down forests and pollute our oceans, animals around the world are losing food sources and safe spaces to raise young.

As we lose more animal species, all our ecosystems get thrown out of whack. Over 50 wild animals will go extinct within our lifetime - but we can protect them if we take action now.

Animal Rights Toolkit For Kids

Dismantling speciesism and protecting animal habitats

1. GET CURIOUS

Learn

How does this issue impact YOU and the people you care about?

2. TALK & DEBATE

Ask

Who's willing to be open and honest with you about this issue?

3. SET GOALS

Think

What activities help you ponder & create solutions?

4. CHANGE & ADVOCATE

Action

Which simple steps can kids like you make towards change?

STEP 1: 5 MINUTES

Get Curious: Pick A Story

Which stories and videos make you interested in learning more about this issue?

Ages 5+

Kids Take Action Against Ocean Plastic

Content warning for harm against animals due to pollution, animal bones

STEP 2: 10 MINUTES

Ask Questions

Talk about this topic with an adult who you trust to be honest with you..

Do...

Do you know any animals personally?

Do you see these animals as pets, family, food, or something else?

How do you engage with these animals? Do you play together, help each other, or keep each other safe?

How...

How do you feel about the way your family treats animals?

Do you feel responsible for keeping animals safe and comfortable?

Which animals deserve safety and comfort? Which don't?

Why?

What...

In what ways do humans harm animals?

Is this harm always necessary?

How can you help animals - either through direct care, or indirectly (like protecting their habitats)?

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STEP 3: USE WHAT YOU HAVE

Get Creative

Flex your brain using what you've learned & discover what's within your control to change.

Pre-K+

How Pets See Your Home

Human perception is not the one and only way to experience the world!

HomeAdvisor trawled through scientific research to show how your pets might see your surroundings at home.

Pre-K+

Build a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Find 5 DIY wildlife habitats your family can build for your own backyard, courtesy of Jill Staake of 'Let It Grow.'

Pre-K THROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Advocate Against Cruelty In Pet Stores

For pre-writers, emerging, and advanced writers, find letter templates to help kids raise their voice against cruel and inhumane treatment of animals in pet stores.

Elementary+

Join Bumble Bee Watch

Tracking animal sightings through seasons and climate change gives policy-makers the information they need to protect animal habitats. Becoming a citizen scientist can be as simple as noticing the bumblebees in your neighborhood.

Elementary+

Respect Wildlife Activities

Learn how to protect wildlife and dismantle cruelty in the pet industry with the World Animal Protection's activity workbook.

RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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IT'S STILL OKAY TO LAUGH

Hard conversations with humor & joy

Every month the Luminary Braintrust tackles a new member challenge to make talking about social justice easier in real life.

STEP 4: ASSESS YOUR CAPACITY

Step Into Your Power: Take Action

Whether it's time, money, or our voice - we all have something to contribute.

if you have $15

End Animal Cruelty

World Animal Protection campaign to change corporate policies and pushes policymakers to strengthen laws to end the exploitation of wild animals and end factory farming.

Help us rewrite the story for animals!

if you have 1 minute

Tell Congress: Protect Endangered Species!

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) protects threatened wildlife. Since the 1970's, the bill has protected iconic species and brought many back from the brink of extinction.

It's time for Congress to make the extinction crisis a priority. We need them to strengthen and fully fund implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

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VIDEO

Who Deserves Rights & Personhood?

"Why granting lakes and rivers 'personhood"'-- giving them the same legal rights as humans -- is the first step to protecting our bodies of water and fundamentally transforming how we value this vital resource."

via Kelsey Leonard

Activity Guide

Citizen Science For Kids

Learn how kids ages 8 and up can participate in citizen science projects to protect animals & habitats.

via National Geographic

ACTION

World Animal Protection

From shutting down the Miami Seaquarium to ending cruelty at Petco, follow the World Animal Protection for more quick actions to make a difference today.

Reading Guide

What Do Animals Teach Us?

Kid-approved bedtime stories with lessons our animal relations have shared with us.

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Ashia (they/them or she/her)

I’m an Autistic, multiracial (Chinese/Irish) 2nd-generation settler raising two children alongside my partner on the homelands of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people. My goal with Raising Luminaries is to collaborate with families and educators in raising the next generation of kind & courageous leaders, so we can all smash the kyriarchy together.

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2 comments

TJ Ayende Youmans March 21, 2024 - 7:03 AM
1

Hello Friends

It’s an inspirational day when I am introduced to such a dedicated team. (You make the Earth smile) I have created a website to help draw attention to how we can give love to nature, as she shares love with us. This is especially true for the voiceless (well, they are speaking in their behaviors if we learn to see and listen). I look forward to sharing this with you.

http://climatechangeanimals.com

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Ashia March 22, 2024 - 1:49 PM
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Lovely poetry, TJ!

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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