Putting Hope on the Map

What does hope look like?

In Mongolia, it looks like Civilized Caveman Day, when everyone in school turns off unnecessary lights to highlight the link between the use of coal-fired electricity and the air pollution in Ulaanbaatar.

In Grand Island, Nebraska, it looks like Parking Lot Prairies that replace the wasted outdoor spaces at school.

In Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan, it looks like the first Nature School in Iran, where children plant trees, manage a small farm, and learn to care for the environment.

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Each of these stories, together with 1,697 others, is an indelible thread in the Tapestry of Hope, an online interactive map powered by Esri’s Story Map technology. This magical map documents the locations and stories of local projects around the globe—creative ideas and clever solutions by young leaders of our Roots & Shoots program who are passionately making the world we all share a better place through local projects.

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The Tapestry of Hope was unveiled December 7, 2015, at the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris by Jane Goodall and JGI partner, Dr. Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue. JGI is proud to sponsor Tapestry of Hope in collaboration with Mission Blue and its founder, oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. Dr. Earle focuses on inspiring the development of a global network of “Hope Spots,” which are highlighted on the map to show marine protected areas that support global life-sustaining processes. At a glance, it gives the viewer an online window into the remarkable work of Roots & Shoots members across 100 countries. By clicking on geographical pinpoints, viewers can read stories that spread the message of hope.

For more than a decade, Esri technology has helped JGI think and plan geographically to advance our conservation work across Africa. Now, thanks to Esri’s visualization technology, the Tapestry of Hope gives the world an interactive snapshot of change in action that anyone can access to see ingenious solutions from young innovators all around the planet. It brings into view the collective impact of the remarkable work our Roots & Shoots members are doing in thousands of communities, illustrating the power of youth to make change. Seeing is not only believing; the map’s visualization technology is a continual inspiration for more young people to weave their own communities into this growing tapestry.

Powered by Esri visualization technology, the Tapestry of Hope is an online interactive map of our world with thousands of stories to explore and inspire. Green pinpoints on the map represent Roots & Shoots youth-led projects to protect our world. Blue pinpoints represent Mission Blue’s “Hope Spots,” which outline areas of protection and aid for ocean life.

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Going forward, the map will be a critical tool for JGI to document, manage, visualize and share the stories of Roots & Shoots projects that are making a positive difference for people, animals and the environment. As Roots & Shoots continues to grow around the world, so will the Tapestry of Hope. This visual celebration of change at work invites all young people to put their passion into action and become the change agents to protect our natural world.

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Photo credits on this page, top to bottom and left to right: David Gonzales; JGI/Adrienne Bermiongham; TGS Roots& Shoots; GIPS Roots & Shoots; Katie’s Krops Roots & Shoots