Passive Violence

Be the Change for the Green Earth

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Be the Change, Environment, Passive Violence | Comments Off on Be the Change for the Green Earth

The creators of Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story are honored by the recognition of the Green Earth Book Awards, an environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books.     In Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story Mahatma Gandhi imparts a lesson on passive violence to his grandson Arun. What is passive violence? It is a small act of an individual that builds (often without the person’s knowledge) into larger harm, to potential physical violence.  How in this a lesson on environmental stewardship?     In the story, young Arun tosses away a “too small” pencil.  One would not think this to be an act of violence.  We may see it as an act of defiance or simply a reality of our consumerism.  Mahatma Gandhi, however, asks Arun to consider the human and environment cost of replacement. Soon I could see how throwing away my pencil could hurt others. More graphite would need to be mined for a new pencil. Trees would be cut down. Land would be stripped bare. Villages would be lost. . Were my wants—like the one for a new pencil—more important than the needs of others? . I saw how kicking and shoving led to rioting. I saw how violence led to more violence. How wars led to more wars. —Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story “Were my wants…more important than the needs of others?” Each item we desire and buy has both an environmental and human impact (sometimes a violent one). Recycle? Yes. Reuse? Yes. But what about Refuse? Or Rethink? Do you really need what you want? Is that want more important than the needs of others? Be the...

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Wondermore is Being the Change

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Appearances, Be the Change, Passive Violence, School Visits | Comments Off on Wondermore is Being the Change

  Here’s to Wondermore who is being the change in Boston, MA! The mission of Wondermore is to cultivate children’s curiosity, creativity, and academic achievement by igniting in them a love of good books. We do this primarily by bringing acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators into underserved K-8 Boston Public Schools for visits and writing workshops that align with the curriculum. Thank you for bringing author Bethany Hegedus to Mather School in Dorcester, MA to share the message of passive violence  from Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi...

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Tree of Violence at Pleasant Hills Elementary

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Appearances, Be the Change, Educators & Librarians, Passive Violence, School Visits | Comments Off on Tree of Violence at Pleasant Hills Elementary

Our gratitude to the innovative educators and thoughtful students of Pleasant Hills Elementary who created a Tree of Violence, an exercise the Mahatma asked his grandson Arun Gandhi to do and that marks the pages of Be the Change. “As the monsoon rains renewed the earth, my tree grew and grew.  Both branches were heavy with leaves, but the passive violence side became enormous.” —Be the Change    ...

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