From Dr. Jane Goodall's MasterClass

Roots & Shoots

An introduction to the origins of the Roots & Shoots program.

Topics include: Genesis of Roots & Shoots • Empowering Youth

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An introduction to the origins of the Roots & Shoots program.

Topics include: Genesis of Roots & Shoots • Empowering Youth

Dr. Jane Goodall

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It's very clear that conservation today-- conserving species, conserving environments, conserving ecosystems-- is something that's tremendously important for the future. And also it's become such a major problem that it takes an awful lot of funding to keep these projects going. So we need to conserve the environment if we want to protect the chimpanzees. If we want to conserve the environment, we have to work with the local people. Because unless they're our partners in conservation, we may as well give up. Working with the local people costs money. Working with scientists to learn more about-- to better protect the natural world takes funding. And it's a lot of hard work, too, and many, many people are involved. Isn't it a waste of time, energy, money, and all the rest of it if we are not at the same time educating new generations to look after the planet better than we have, to be better stewards? We've let the planet down. There's no question about that. And we owe it to future generations to work with them to try and heal some of the harm we've inflicted. And one of the good signs is that young people are beginning to understand. Young people are becoming more aware. It was in 1991, we were celebrating 30 years of research at Gombe, which, at that time, seemed very long. Of course, now it's more towards 60 than 30. But then, 30 years was a big landmark. And I went around secondary schools and primary schools-- we had big gatherings, and I talked to the young people about the environmental problems, about the forests, and some of them began to think about this. And soon after I'd been round all these schools and had these meetings, a group of 12 high school students asked if they could come and meet me at my house in Dar es Salaam. They came from nine different high schools, and they sat around on my veranda. We have a photo of that meeting. Amazing it's been saved. And they were concerned about so many different problems. One of them-- why isn't the government doing more about the poaching of animals-- lions, giraffe, elephants-- in our national parks? See, they're taking ownership. They're our national parks. But there were some of them who were concerned about street children who are homeless, who are sniffing glue. Some of them were worried about the homeless people in the streets who had nowhere to go and no money. Some of them were concerned about the pollution of the ocean, the destruction of the coral reefs. They were just a very thoughtful group of young people. And that led to a meeting of them and their friends from these different secondary schools. And that's where this program for young people was born. They had hoped I could solve their problems. And I said to them, well, you know, I love Tanzania, but I'm not a Tanzanian. And what about you? What do you think you could do for your country ...

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There is still a window of time. Nature can win if we give her a chance. In her first ever online class, Dr. Jane Goodall teaches how you can conserve the environment. She also shares her research on the behavioral patterns of chimpanzees and what they taught her about conservation. You'll learn how to act locally and protect the planet.

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I have learned the need to have hope, because without it we will never improve all the aspects of life on this planet that need our attention. And if Jane can have hope, having seen so much more than I have of the ills of the world, then I must be able to have hope too.

I've learned about strategies that I can employ to help with conservation efforts and animal welfare. More than anything, I am inspired to act!

every lesson brings education from Dr.Goodall that normally cannot be found in news

Listening to this amazing lady opened my eyes on the incredible large number of people who can actually see the beauty of our world as it is! Yes there is hope, yes we can do it, we can all learn to respect nature and so all the extraordinary beauties of it will be revealed to us! And then, we will have regained Paradise! Thank you Jane!

Comments

Katerina V.

How amazing that one person's passion and love for something can spark so much activity and grow in a way that spans across different areas - environmental, social, political... But of course, they are all interconnected! Awareness leads to knowledge, knowledge breeds more learning and leads to action. Education on all levels is so very important - spreading the message, sowing the seed.

Mia S.

"They had hoped I could solve their problems. 'I love Tanzania, but I'm not a Tanzanian. What about you? What do you thin you could do for your country to save animals, to deal with some of these situations that concern you?' From that discussion came the main message of the Roots & Shoots program, which is that every single one of us matters. Every single one of us has a role to play in society, in the world; every single one of us, whether we want to or not, makes a difference of some sort every single day. Because of the way my life had been formed to understand the inter-relatedness of everything, starting out in the forest and branching out into society, we decided that every group would choose - we wouldn't choose for them - a project to help people, a project to help other animals including domestic animals, and a project to help the environment that we all share. That program that began with 12 high school students in 1991 is now in 98 countries-it's growing all the time. We have some preschool members, and they're mostly at home; it's amazing how very tiny children can let you know if they care about animals or plants. We're also working with some older people, some in retirement homes - and also in prisons. Roots & Shoots is making a huge difference in China. 'We do care about animals now, because we saw your geographic documentaries when we were in primary school.' It was taken up in the schools, it's about 2000 groups across China - about the same numbers in the U.S. and it's growing very fast in many other countries. I think the reason it's so successful is because it's youth-driven. We're not dictating to the young people what to do. We can advise them, give them ideas; some communities desperately need the ideas, because they're never done anything like this before. Basically what we're trying to do is empower young people. Roots & Shoots is about thinking up projects, working out what we could do about the things that bother us, and then - having worked out a project - rolling up the sleeves and getting out there and taking action. It's my main hope for the future."

Mia S.

"It's very clear that conservation today - conserving species, environments, ecosystems - is something that's tremendously important for the future. It's become such a major problem that it takes an awful lot of funding to keep these projects going. We need to conserve the environment if we want to protect the chimpanzees. If we want to conserve the environment, we have to work with the local people. Because unless they're our partners in conservation, we may as well give up. Working with the local people costs money. Working with scientists to better protect the natural world takes funding. It's a lot of hard work, too, and many many people are involved. Isn't it a waste of time, energy,money and all the rest of it if we are not at the same time educating new generations to look after the planet better than we have, to be better stewards? We've let the planet down. There's no question about that. We owe it to future generations to work with them to try and heal some of the harm we've inflicted. One of the good signs is that young people are beginning to understand. Young people are becoming more aware. Soon after I'd been round all these schools and had these meetings, a group of 12 high school students asked if they could come and meet me at my house in Dar es Salaam. They came from nine different high schools,and they were concerned about so many different problems. 'Why isn't the government doing more about the poaching of animals in our national parks?' They're taking ownership. There were some of them that were concerned about street children who are homeless, sniffing glue - nowhere to go and no money. The pollution of the ocean, the destruction of the coral reefs... that led to a meeting of them and their friends from these different secondary schools, and that's where this program for young people was born."

Patrick D.

Jane is a heroine for peace. You "wanna change the world?" We kill, it is in our reptilean DNA (brain stem?). Jane is showing us a new way. She has rediscovered techniques from our chimp cousins. Techniques for caring for our environment, interconnectivity, and conservation. It is in their-our DNA. Jane-chimps have planted the seed. Is it in fertile soil? Oh, to be young again!

Debbie G.

I agree with Traci. I wish I even knew about this program. How come it's not as open or available in mass media? My son's school knows nothing about this program nor his entire district. I'm tired of public education myself and love Montessori styles of education that help empower the student to make choices of learning, for example. " I've been blessed to be where I am in the moment that I am with helping seniors and youth feel empowered to help make a difference. Because each one of us can. I'll mention reduce, reuse and recycle and right after, recycling is not happening and I pick up a can. The students asked why I dug it out of the garbage. I said, do you know what it takes to make this can? How much smelting and other processes have to go on if we just throw even one away? It gives them food for thought. All I can hope for and we can hope for and a program like this can hope for is to make a difference to someone and let them see another world and another chance to make it right.

Caroline M.

I'm just wondering about involvement with education at university level? Also public schools in the UK (i.e. the private sector)?

Elizabeth M.

Caroline-I was thinking the same thing as I listened to these episodes about Roots and Shoots. I need more techniques to convince my brother in law, not my nephew!

Caroline B.

Education and empowerment of the youth is very important for the future of the planet indeed. Yet we still need to reach out to the adults too, who may not have been in Roots and Shoots in the past. Only the other day I read a comment about the plastic crisis.. that it is all propaganda! If we can't get people to change their habits now, the adults of tomorrow will have an even harder job to save the planet.

Marcia B.

I agree with Dr. Goodall when she says that we've let the planet down. We now need to work to fix it and work with the younger generation to educate them so they don't do the same thing and they can continue the work of healing the planet. Empowering young people is the best way to get conservation going. Kids have a tremendous voice. They just need guidance and a channel to transform their ideas into action. Roots & Shoots provides that. Roots & Shoots is an amazing program. I used it with the Environmental Club in a local elementary school. The kids learned about our community and decided to work on an awareness program to help save the Indian River Lagoon. It was so great to get them involved and be part of that project!

Julie N.

I have been curious about Roots and Shoots for awhile. I appreciate their mission, action, and that it’s isn’t just a kids program.