Arlington, VA–February 19, 2011, marks the 20th anniversary of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian program for young people from preschool through university. Twenty years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students started what has become an international movement of young people dedicated to creating a better world. Today in more than 120 countries, hundreds of thousands of Roots & Shoots members work together on youth-led service projects to improve communities and to make the world better for people, animals and the environment we all share.

“We began Roots & Shoots to help young people understand that they could make a difference; that they really could change their communities,” said Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. “Little did we realize we had started something that would have huge global impact. These young people give me reason for hope. Hope for the future of our much-abused world. Hope that, together, we can gradually restore the health of this planet we share—Planet Earth, our only home.”

Roots & Shoots members use the Jane Goodall Institute’s model for community-centered conservation to investigate issues and implement projects that improve the environment and quality of life for people and animals. Through the power of these service projects, young people in the Roots & Shoots network have a measureable impact on their communities. In 2008-2009 alone, Roots & Shoots members in the United States completed 1,235 projects, which:

  • Involved 271,110 volunteer hours;
  • Included 40,200 participants; and
  • Served 1,405,632 people.

Throughout the 20th anniversary year, Roots & Shoots groups will mark the occasion in a number of ways including an interactive multimedia scrapbook, an anniversary edition of the annual Roots & Shoots magazine, online alumni profiles and commemorative events in cities around the world.

“It’s a thrill to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Roots & Shoots. We are so proud of the young people across the globe who have been involved over the years, and who are making positive change happen in their communities every day,” said Maureen Smith, president of the Jane Goodall Institute-USA. “We look forward to the next 20 years as Roots & Shoots youth contribute to Dr. Goodall’s lasting legacy and ongoing mission to make a difference for all living things.”

For more information on the 20th anniversary of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org/campaigns/20thanniversary.


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About Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots
Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program 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 120 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 www.rootsandshoots.org.

About the Jane Goodall Institute
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org.


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