Sunday, September 25, 2011

Youth Programme Roots & Shoots - Dame Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, UN Messenger of Peace, Renowned chimpanzee expert, primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist,

Dame Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE ,
(elevated by Queen Elizabeth II, the equivalent to knighthood),

Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots & shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world.                      
                                                                                      - Dr. Jane

World renowned chimpanzee expert and UN Messenger of Peace, Jane Goodall - She became interested in issues surrounding peace after realising at her work with chimpanzees in Gombe, Tanzania that local people were struggling to make a living.  Ms Goodall has since started her own youth programme, Roots and Shoots.

A Powerful Global Network

In 1991, a group of 16 local teenagers met with Dr. Jane Goodall on her back porch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They were eager to discuss the deforestation, pollution and poverty they saw in their community that was causing them deep concern. These motivated young people wanted to learn, but more than that, they wanted to take action and they hoped to inspire their peers to join the effort. Dr. Jane was impressed by their compassion, their energy and their desire to develop grassroots solutions to problems.

These young people, with Dr. Jane’s guidance, founded the first Roots & Shoots group, starting a network that now includes 150,000 young people working on service projects in 110 countries worldwide.  

Roots & Shoots offers a wealth of resources and networking opportunities for kids, teens, parents, educators, college students, group leaders and supporters alike. The uniquely designed program connects people of every age, race, culture, religion or economic background in a vibrant global network and offers opportunities for every individual to:
  • Learn about environmental, animal and humanitarian issues affecting our world
  • Share insights, ideas and inspiration for making positive change
  • Grow in ways that enrich lives—as individuals, as members of the local community and as global citizens of our world.

Source and more here and here.


  1. Dr Jane is an extraordinary individual who wears many hat and dedicated her time towards betterment of our lives in this world. Thanks for this great post!

  2. hi katrina, if i have people like Dr Jane's followers around me, i will be so happy... but i have more litter bugs than people who are concerned about health and healthy environment. Just look at the morning road sweeper and how much garbage she threw away.

    Litters made by school children on their way to and from school.

    How to go beyond that,be concerned and make changes on humanitarian, wild life and worldly environmental issues
    i dont blame their parents, teachers and the public.
    The only way i know, these kids willingly will clean up the streets is,by giving them a 1 hour free internet use at the cyber cafe, as a reward. ha ha