Celebrate Dr. Jane’s legacy with the global Roots & Shoots family!
On February 19th, 2016, Roots & Shoots celebrates its 25th anniversary. Help celebrate by joining the global Growing Together campaign for plants, trees and forests. Create healthy habitats for plants and trees and become part of a movement that is making a difference for people, animals and the environment!
It was in the early 1970s that by reading her book, ‘In the shadow of man’, I became familiar with Jane van Lawick Goodall’s ground-breaking work with chimpanzees. She had lived alone with a group of chimps, eating and sharing their lives and made observations that were to change the scientific community’s perception of the great apes: no longer were human beings the only tool makers and users on the planet.
“By remaining in almost constant contact with the chimps, she discovered a number of previously unobserved behaviors. She noted that chimps have a complex social system, complete with ritualized behaviors and primitive but discernible communication methods, including a primitive “language” system containing more than 20 individual sounds. She is credited with making the first recorded observations of chimpanzees eating meat and using and making tools. Tool making was previously thought to be an exclusively human trait, used, until her discovery, to distinguish humans from animals. She also noted that chimpanzees throw stones as weapons, use touch and embraces to comfort one another, and develop long-term familial bonds. The male plays no active role in family life but is part of the group’s social stratification. The chimpanzee “caste” system places the dominant males at the top. The lower castes often act obsequiously in their presence, trying to ingratiate themselves to avoid possible harm. The male’s rank is often related to the intensity of his entrance performance at feedings and other gatherings.
To preserve the wild chimpanzee’s environment, Goodall encourages African nations to develop nature-friendly tourism programs, a measure that makes wildlife into a profitable resource. She actively works with business and local governments to promote ecological responsibility. Her efforts on behalf of captive chimpanzees have taken her around the world on a number of lecture tours. She outlined her position strongly in her 1990 book Through a Window: “The more we learn of the true nature of nonhuman animals, especially those with complex brains and corresponding complex social behaviour, the more ethical concerns are raised regarding their use in the service of man–whether this be in entertainment, as ‘pets,’ for food, in research laboratories or any of the other uses to which we subject them. This concern is sharpened when the usage in question leads to intense physical or mental suffering–as is so often true with regard to vivisection.” (from http://www.biography.com/people/jane-goodall-9542363#discoveries)
In 1991 Roots & Shoots was developed: Dr. Goodall created Roots & Shoots with 12 Tanzanian high school students who wanted to tackle urgent problems they witnessed in their community and it is now the youth-led community action and learning programme of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face. From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action all while developing the skills and attitudes to become part of the next generation of Dr. Jane Goodalls.
The programme is about making positive change happen — for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 130 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.
For more information, please visit http://www.rootsandshoots.org.
This year, Dr. Goodall is inviting individuals around the world to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Roots & Shoots by participating in the Growing Together Campaign.
Learn more about the campaign in the USA:
Learn more about the global celebration:
|Example Growing Together Projects from around the world:|
|In Western Australia, students planted a native species
garden where endangered animals can feed and nest.
In Austria, groups are contacting local media and making films to inform on the important functions of the forests.
|In Belgium, Roots & Shootsers planted a vegetable garden to offer a haven for urban biodiversity and promote sustainable food.||Elementary students in British Columbia, Canada removed invasive species to enhance habitat around a lake.||In France, youth organized to clean up litter in their school yard and the nearby forest.||Roots & Shoots Youth in India are not only planting trees but are working to raise awareness about conservation.|
|Young people in Indonesia are teaching the community about organutans to raise awareness about habitat destruction.||In Peru, students protect schoolyard plants by caring for them and posting signs to keep
others from harming them.
Roots & Shoots youth in Qatar created kits to share with members of their community to
|In Spain, students are recycling cell phones to reuse components and fund educational and conservation projects in Africa.||Tanzanian students planted 2 acres of diverse trees to benefit their school and community.||Youth in the United Kingdom are promoting educational resources to connect kids with nature|