About Me

Here's What I Look Like!I am a mother, humane educator, and non-profit administrator living in northwestern New Jersey with my husband John, daughter Bess (5/2005), son Harry (5/2008) and various four-legged family members. We share four wooded acres with assorted deer, foxes, coyote, bears, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and creepy-crawlies, whom we enjoy watching and learning about.

I recently completed my M.Ed. degree through a joint program with the Institute for Humane Education and Cambridge College where my research focused on helping young children develop a humane ethic toward other humans, non-human animals, and the environment. My concern for animal protection issues brought me to the program, but over the years I have become active in the areas of environmentalism, voluntary simplicity, the local food movement, and issues of economic justice. I have always believed that the key to building a more humane future was to teach children respect for themselves, other people, other species and the planet from the time they were very young, so that they would be ready to tackle difficult issues creatively and comprehensively as they grew older. Since becoming a mother, I have come to realize that in order for this to happen, we need to empower parents and give them tools to help them examine their parenting and lifestyle choices and model compassionate, conscious living for their children.

I have volunteered with a number of organizations over the years, starting with my time working with children recovering from head injuries, adult inpatients in a psychiatric institution, and later in animal rights work and companion animal rescue. Recently, I have served as a chapter leader for the Holistic Moms Network, a support group leader for Attachment Parenting International, a facilitator at Wellspring Community School, and a guest blogger for MOTHERS, Institute for Humane Education, and MomsRising.  My writing has appeared in Mothering, Natural Life Magazine, The Attached Family, SheWrites and Education Revolution Magazine.

During what feels like a different lifetime, I graduated summa cum laude from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Experimental Psychology and a minor in Liberal Arts. I went on to enroll in a Ph.D. program in neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where my research focused on learning and cognition and the effects of stress on these processes.

I would love to hear from you – please feel free to send me an email any time at kelly@ahimsamama.com!

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    I am reaching out to tell you about the Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF), a major new project from the Environmental Defense Fund.

    I’m reaching out to invite you — no, beg you — to get involved, or we’ll soon be sending our kids outside with gas masks on.

    If you’re like me (and from your blog, I think you are), then you’re worried about our environment and the world our kids are growing up in. How do we keep them safe from toxins in our air and water? And what kind of world will we be leaving them? I think this is a low-grade, unremitting anxiety that every mom feels these days. But what can we do about it? The problem is huge — seemingly insurmountable. Pro-pollution forces are at this very minute spending millions of dollars pressuring Congress to dismantle the landmark 1970 Clean Air Act and EPA’s regulatory powers — at a time when more than 5 million kids suffer from asthma, and childhood cancer rates are rising dramatically. Moms MUST band together and put up resistance! This is what the Moms Clean Air Force is all about.

    MCAF is an ambitious undertaking with multiple pieces. It involves a core team of bloggers, including Dominique Browning, author of Slow Love Life and former editor in chief of House and Garden, Elisa Batista of MotherTalkers and The Daily Kos, and Katy Farber of Non-Toxic Kids. The project will also include a major media push, with celebrities (possibly Gwyneth Paltrow) helping to command attention, Congressional visits, and of course strategic partnerships. But we won’t get anywhere without moms like you.

    Would you please join your voice to ours?

    Please come find out more about MCAF at an invitation-only webinar on Wednesday, May 18, 1:00 PM EST, with special guest Jessica Capshaw, star of Grey’s Anatomy. This event is exclusively for organizational heads and influential bloggers, MCAF’s critical partners.

    Click here for more information and to RSVP for this event.

    To find out more, check out our website: http://www.momscleanairforce.com

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. And if you need me to beg some more, I’d be happy to do so.

    So, “see” you on May 18th?

    With Warm Regards,

    Carsen Zarin
    Moms Clean Air Force