From Dr. Jane Goodall's MasterClass

Roots & Shoots (Cont'd)

Learn the basic tenets of Roots & Shoots—and the meaning behind its name.

Topics include: One Human Family Globe • Naming Roots & Shoots • Roots & Shoots at Work

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Learn the basic tenets of Roots & Shoots—and the meaning behind its name.

Topics include: One Human Family Globe • Naming Roots & Shoots • Roots & Shoots at Work

Dr. Jane Goodall

Teaches Conservation

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One of the things that I love most about Roots and Shoots, which is actually why I was made a UN messenger of peace, is because young people are beginning to understand that we are one human family. One young man from Tanzania said to me, when I first went to America, I knew nobody. But I found a group of Roots and Shoots, and I found my family, because we shared the same values. One teacher who was teaching Roots and Shoots in Singapore never left Singapore. And she went off to a conference, a teacher's conference, in Canada. And she said I felt so homesick, so lonely, I didn't know anybody. And I was standing in the cafeteria waiting to pick up my lunch, and I heard some people talking about Roots and Shoots And she said, I went over and said to them, you know about Roots and Shoots? And they said, yes we do. And we began to talk, and she said, I wasn't lonely anymore. Because I found people who shared the same values. And I think one thing that's really important, we try to bring people together from different nations, different cultures, different religions. I mean, you bring together a group of young people like that. You can be in a room with people with different colored skin, people with different kinds of clothes, people who do have different cultures, different cultural foods, people with different religions, people with no religion. And we can seem very different. But the DNA analysis, the unraveling of the human genome, now shows us that if you take blood from all these different people, its the same. We are one human family. And if we hurt ourselves, we bleed. The blood is the same. If we laugh, we laugh because we have an emotion that makes us laugh, and feel good. And it doesn't matter what your culture or religion. You share that moment of joy. If you weep, it can be from some deep feeling of sadness, and that can be shared. Even if you can't speak another language. The tears are the same. And so Roots and Shoots is very much about helping young people to understand that there isn't a sharp line dividing people of different nations, different cultures, different religions. And so important, there is not a sharp line dividing us from the other animals. Chimps taught us that to start with, and now we know it goes right through the animal kingdom. We are part of an amazing animal kingdom, and there's still so much to learn about it, and about ourselves. [MUSIC PLAYING] Why is the program called Roots and Shoots? Well, probably many people if they close their eyes can think of a beautiful tree. I think of the beech tree I climbed as a child. And when my beech tree began to grow, the seed is about so big. And when it began to grow, little white roots would have appeared, and a little chute would have appeared. And I could have picked it up. It would just seem so small, so weak, so insignificant. Bu...

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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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Comments

Angela A.

This was brilliant. As an educator, the idea of getting kids involved and letting them choose what to invest their time in, and see how they can change the world is amazing.

Louanne F.

I hope other companies realize the impact that a small change can have in a young person's self esteem and willingness to act in the future. Thanks to that company for removing the offensive photo - it had impact in more ways than one.

Louanne F.

I will be sharing the roots and shoots website and seeing how I can get involved locally. Thanks so much, Jane, for some action steps we can all take in our own communities.

Karissa L.

I met you for the first time ever in Abu Dhabi a couple days ago at the Park Hyatt, when you started to talk, tears started to roll down my eyes uncontrollably, your voice spoke to my heart, it's amazing how much you are changing peoples lives as well. I hear your voice all the time in my head. I ask myself all the time what would Dr. Jane do?

Mary H.

Sophie climbs a beech tree in this book illustrated by Molly Bang. https://shop.scholastic.com/teachers-ecommerce/teacher/books/when-sophie-gets-angry-really-really-angry-9780439598453.html

Gretchin D.

I love the stories of how Roots&Shoots helped kids in the inner city schools change their lives. Very powerful!

Mia S.

"Young people are beginning to understand that we are one human family. 'I found people who shared the same values.' We try to bring people together from different nations, different cultures, religions - you bring together a group of young people like that, and we can seem very different, but the DNA analysis - the unraveling of the human genome - now shows us that, if you take blood from all these different people, it's the same. If you weep, it can be from some deep feeling of sadness, and that can be shared, even if you can't speak another language - the tears are the same. There isn't a sharp line dividing people of different natures, cultures, religions - and there is not a sharp line dividing us from the other animals. We are part of an amazing animal kingdom and there's still so much to learn about it and about ourselves. [The seed] when it began to grow little white roots would have appeared, and a little shoot. It would have seemed so small, so weak, so insignificant - but there was in that little seed a magic, a life force so powerful that those little roots, to reach the water, would work through rocks and eventually push them aside. That little shoot could work through cracks in a brick wall and eventually knock it down. With think of the walls as all the problems we humans have in inflicted on the planet - environmental and social. Young people have so much imagination, and when you empower them, they're so passionate and they're so active, so eager to make a difference. They had created a little play- they discovered that Styrofoam doesn't disintegrate for thousands of years, and they wanted to get it out of the school lunch boxes, that was the point of the skit... they were having this argument back and forth with the CEO of the Styrofoam company. They did get Styrofoam out of the school lunch boxes, and they were invited to go show this little play to the mayor. 'If you saw a picture of a chimpanzee grinning like that, that wasn't a smile - that was fear. I remembered you saying it was disrespectful to put chimpanzees in clothes. I wrote you a letter, and you wrote back. That's when I decided to take action.' This kid, he wrote a letter with his group. He got a letter back from the company, they said - Thank you for your concern; the package was pulled.' When you allow children to choose their own projects they feel passionate about, it's changing lives."

Patrick D.

The 1% have the banking system and "strong powder". The grassroots (and shoots) have Jane and a system to reconnect the biosphere. Is this Gandhi on steroids? Civil disobedience to conserve the biosphere? If you plant a tree on a fence row, and it shades a farmer's growing mono crop, ......you could be arrested! By the way, expanding the wetlands interferes with mono cropping; and deer will eat the corn! Ask me (one who lives in the midwest) how I know. We "want" just enough wildlife to hunt.

Zedar T.

Support that which supports life :) that's what I always say and Roost & Shoots is one of these amazing orgs

Debbie G.

Hearing the Travis story was amazing! I have an adopted young man that has had a lot of gang issues and foster time and hopped from home to home to home named Tre. I was invited to a foster child celebration and within 15 minutes, Tre became fully entranced with the birds, wanting to know more, participate more, talk more. To the point where our mayor of the city was speaking and he got to introduce her. It's just so amazing to see a person grow.