The roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light they can break through brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds and thousands of roots and shoots, hundreds and thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls.You can change the world!
——Dr. Jane Goodall
Roots & Shoots
In 1991, world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall started Roots & Shoots, a program designed to educate youths about environmental issues and humanitarian values with a special focus on group interaction. Roots & Shoots unites those who hold certain values in common: love for animals, care for the community, and devotion to protecting the environment. The program originated in Tanzania with only 16 students; now Roots & Shoots has expanded to 130 countries. In China, there are Roots & Shoots offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Chengdu. Our Mission: To foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for animals, the environment, and the human community. We believe that change is already taking place!