Jane Goodall and her Roots and Shoots Youth Led Program
I was fortunate enough to see, once again, one of the most inspirational woman in the world, Dr.Jane Goodall, speak here in Melbourne Australia, in June earlier this year. Although I was sitting right up in the gods, (as you can tell from this photo I took -see left), I was no less in awe at what Jane Goodall and her Roots and Shoots Youth Led Program has achieved in the fight for conservation and peace around the world, had I been sitting in the front row!
Dr Jane Goodall, even now, in her early 80’s, travels around the globe 300 out of 365 days a year and is never in one place for longer than a few weeks, as she believes it is vital for the sake of the survival of our planet that she shares her message face to face with as many people as possible.
I want to share with you her message of conservation and inspire you to instigate her message and share it widely.
Dr Jane Goodall’s Message To Us All
I truly believe her incredible Roots and Shoots program should be part of the curriculum in every school in the world, because as Dr Goodall told us all at her Think Inc. talk, “when nature suffers we suffer”, and “we are taking so much more than we need”.
Dr Goodall believes strongly that there is still hope, even though our planet is now incredibly fragile, she stated, “if we give nature a chance it is resilient and can come back when near the brink of extinction”. Through her dedicated years of conservation work, Dr Goodall has seen first-hand how things can regrow and flourish.
Dr Goodall then went on to explain, that in order to make people listen and want to help, “you have to get into their heart and make them listen with their heart.” COMPASSION IS KEY!
This beautiful interview video with Jane Goodall at 80 years of age, captures her so perfectly. I personally love and respect this amazing woman so much!
Why Jane Goodall Started Roots and Shoots
Due to her work as a research field scientist studying the chimpanzees of Africa, Dr Goodall saw firsthand the destruction and devastation of lives and nature by the hand of man. She wanted to teach those destroying the animals and forests that there are better ways. That there are ways humans can coexist with wild animals and cultivate and protect the natural environments they both share, which ultimately are paramount to the survival of our entire planet.
Dr Goodall started up the first Roots & Shoots 26 years ago in Tanzania. Today it has grown incredibly and there are now approximately 150,000 Roots and Shoots groups around the world.
Not only have Dr Goodall’s Roots and Shoots groups flourished, The Jane Goodall Institute is also working together with the The Global Forest Watch Program see her video message on the importance of forest conservation here.
What Roots and Shoots Group Teach Children
Jane is a firm believer that it is our children who have the compassion and creativity to make a difference.
Through the Roots and Shoots program children are instilled with the powerful message, that every person can make a difference through compassionate action, and even through the smallest acts.
See here the Roots & Shoots 1 click campaign ideas page. Such such actions when done by millions of children through out the world can have huge positive effects.
Children learn compassion and empathy for others and our world through projects and exercises that inspire them to get creative, stand up and have their voices heard, in order to make a positive difference.
Roots and Shoots empowerschildren and teaches them such important values of love, compassion and respect for all creature and nature.
I love the program and my children who are now 7 and 10 will be taking part soon.
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