Roots and Shoots

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Jane with Uruhara pant-hooting, 1996.

Jane with Uruhara pant-hooting, 1996.

Have you heard of Dr. Jane Goodall? Considered to be the world’s top expert on chimpanzees, Dr. Jane Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of the family interactions of wild chimpanzees. It all started as a childhood dream and in 1960 at the age of 26 Jane arrived in East Africa to study the areas chimpanzee population.  Not only defying gender standards and stereotypes by venturing in to the wilds of Africa, an uncommon place at that time for Women, she went on in her life to launch The Jane Goodall Institute. And did you know she was just in Calgary? 

As part of the JGI, Jane Goodall has started an incredible program called Roots & Shoots – and she wants you to be a part of it! Members of this program are young people from kindergarten all the way to university, who plan projects to improve the environment in their community, and benefit people and animals. The Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe.

What will you do this Earth Day to change our world for the better? Checking out some inspiring Roots and Shoots projects from across the globe would be a great start!  Do you want to be the next Jane Goodall?

Image Source: Lady of the Zoos
Source: the Jane Goodall Institute

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