Living Justly

Julie Clawson, mom and author of Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices, has graciously shared her list of recommended resources in the area of living justly, below. Enjoy these resources and visit Julie’s website as well for more idea on living justly!

Children’s Books

How Does God Make Things Happen?, Lawrence Kushner. Shows kids how we can be the hands and feet of God as we serve others around us.

The Peace Book, Todd Parr. Puts peace in concrete terms kids can understand–like there being enough pizza in the world for everyone.

The Lord’s Prayer, Tim Lagwig. Uses just the text of the Lord Prayer, but the illustrations tell the story of a father and daughter helping out an elderly women.

Emma’s Gift, Molly Schaar Idle. A young girl sees the needs in the world and gives away her Christmas gifts to those who need them.

Four Feet, Two Sandals, Karen Lynn Williams. Two refugee girls split use of a pair of donated sandals in the refugee camp as they wait to be resettled.

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa, Jeanette Winter. The story of one woman’s commitment to help revitalize the barren land in Kenya by planting trees.

One Hen – How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (CitizenKid), Katie Smith Milway. How microlending turned life around for a family in Kenya.

Listen to the Wind, Greg Mortenson. The story of building schools in Pakistan to work for peace.

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World, Melanie Walsh. Tangible ways kids can help the earth.

Circles Of Hope, Karen Lynn Williams. A beautiful story of one boy’s struggle to grow a tree for his sick sister and how his solution helped the people of Haiti.

God’s Dream, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. God dreams of a world where all his children join together in peace, reconciliation, and unity.

Books and Movies for Adults (* indicate the ones Julie thinks are best for families or general audiences).

  • Fair Trade
    • Black Gold. Codirected and coproduced by Nick and Marc Francis. 78 min., Fulcrum Productions, 2006. A documentary on Ethiopian coffee farmers seeking a fair price for their efforts.
    • Buyer Be Fair. Written and directed by John de Graaf. 57 min., Fox-Wilmar Productions, 2006. A documentary overview of fair-trade certification, and how it helps people and the environment.
  • Slavery
    • Call+Response. Produced and directed by Justin Dillon. 86 min., Fair Trade Pictures, 2008. An overview of modern-day slavery that uses music to send out the call for action, a call to which we must respond.
    • The Price of Sugar. Directed by Bill Haney. 90 min., New Yorker Video, 2007. A documentary looking at the slave-like conditions many Haitians experience in the sugar fields.
  • Oil, Cars, and Climate Change
    • The 11th Hour. Directed by Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Peterson. 92 min., Warner Home Video, 2007. An exploration of the causes of global warming and everyday suggestions of what we can do to stop it.
    • Fuel. Directed by Josh Tickell. 112 min., Blue Water Entertainment, 2008. A hopeful overview of alternative fuel sources.
    • An Inconvenient Truth. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. 96 min., Paramount, 2006. Al Gore’s award-winning documentary on the global climate crisis and suggestions for a sustainable future.
    • Who Killed the Electric Car? Directed by Chris Paine. 93 min., Sony Pictures, 2006. A look at the economic and political barriers to creating alternative-fuel vehicles.
  • Food
    • Fast Food Nation. Directed by Richard Linklater. 114 min., 20th Century Fox, 2006. A graphic drama that explores the horrors of factory farming, as well as the agricultural exploitation of workers.
    • Food, Inc.. Produced and directed by Robert Kenner. 93 min., Magnolia Pictures, 2008. A comprehensive overview of the injustices and dangers present in our highly industrialized modern food system.
    • King Corn. Written, produced and directed by Aaron Woolf. 90 min., DOCURAMA, 2007. An exploration of modern American farming and food consumption, which focuses on the main ingredient in our diet: corn.
    • The Meatrix Short animated films (based on the Matrix movies) that educate consumers about the factory farm system
  • Clothing and Sweatshops
    • China Blue. Directed and produced by Micha Peled. 87 min., Teddy Bear Films, 2005. A clandestine look at the hardships faced young girls working in a Chinese blue jean factory.
    • The Corporation. Directed by Mark Acbar and Jennifer Abbott. 145 min., Zeitgeist Films, 2005. An exhaustive look at the modernday corporation that pursues profit and power above all else.
    • Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Directed and produced by Robert Greenwald. 98 min., Brave New Films, 2005. A contrast of the public image Wal-Mart presents, and the human and environmental toll of its actual practices.
    • What Would Jesus Buy? Directed by Rob VanAlkemade. 91 min., Arts Alliance America, 2007. A sobering look at America’s addiction to shopping.
  • Disposable Lifestyles
    • Wall-E. Directed by Andrew Stanton. 98 min., Walt Disney, 2008. An entertaining animated story of the future of an overly consumeristic and wasteful human race.
    • The Story of Stuff A short film that traces our consumer habits and wasteful ways.
  • Debt and Jubilee
    • Bamako. Written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. 117 min., New Yorker Video, 2006. A critically acclaimed political drama, where the citizens of Bamako, Mali, hold international financial organizations accountable for many of Africa’s problems.
    • Life and Debt. Produced and directed by Stephanie Black. 80 min., New Yorker Video, 2001. A sobering look at how international debt has changed the economy and people of Jamaica.

Here are a sampling of places where you can shop ethically:

Clothing and Accessories

Food, Coffee, and Gifts