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An Earth Day Message: Take Heart from the Abolition Movement 
By Bill Bigelow
Co-director of the Zinn Education Project and curriculum editor  
of Rethinking Schools


Every Earth Day, some of us are tempted to say things like "We live on the same planet; we're all in this together."

But no, we're not.

This Earth Day we need to recognize that the fossil fuel industry is waging war on the planet----and on the future. And, like the abolition movement before us, we need to act accordingly. READ MORE



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Related resources at the Zinn Education Project website
Teaching Activity. By Julie Treick O'Neill and Tim Swinehart. 16 pages. A role play on the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change that asks students to develop a list of demands to present to the rest of the world at the U.N. climate change treaty meeting.
'If There Is No Struggle...': Teaching a People's History of the Abolition Movement

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 16 pages. A role play putting students in the position of abolitionist groups working together to end slavery.


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