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Every Individual Matters

Every Individual Has a Role to Play

Every Individual Can Make a Difference


"You have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."

                                                               — Dr. Jane Goodall


1534241517278032.jpgIn July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania, Africa and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees.

Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind's closest living relatives. Through more than 50 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. Today she travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees and environmental crises, urging each of us to take action on behalf of all living things and the planet we share.

Dr. Jane believes that every individual can make a difference and that today's young people are some of the most compassionate, creative, solutionaries our world has seen. She founded Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots in order to empower and encourage youth of all ages to pursue their passion, mobilize their peers, and become the leaders our world needs in order to ensure a better future for people, animals, and the environment.


       History timeline of Dr. Jane Goodall 

     1934: Born in London, UK

  •      1960: Started Chimpanzee research in Gombe National Park, Tanzania

  •      1965: Obtained PhD in Ecology from the University of Cambridge

  •      1967: Started the Gombe Research centre for study of Chimpanzees and Baboons

  •      1977: Started the Jane Goodall research Institute, dedicated to wildlife research, conservation and public education.

  •      1987: Won the institute of Animal Rights and Pulitzer award

  •      1989: Won the Encyclopaedia Britannica Award for Excellence on the Dissemination of Learning for the Benefit of Mankind

  •      1991: Established Roots & Shoots to support environmental education for young people

  •      2002: Became an UN ambassador of peace

  •      2004: Was granted Damehood by the Queen of the United Kingdom

  •      2006: Received the 60th Anniversary Medal of the UNESCO



In 1991,Jane Goodall established Roots & Shoots in order to empower and encourage 

youth of all ages to pursue their passion, mobilize their peers, 

and become the leaders our world needs in order to ensure 

a better future for people, animals, and the environment.

Our world needs a different type of leader, one guided by compassionate, 

educated thought, who will make good decisions for our planet.

To educate young people about the interconnectedness 

between nature and human beings, and encourages them 

to take action for our environment, animals, and community.



Hundreds of thousands of Roots & Shoots members all over the world 

are working to improve their communities and be the kinds of leaders that our world needs. 

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Elephant Guardian Project


Roots & Shoots is very excited to start a new semester, and we are kicking it off with an exciting Elephant Guardian Project. August 12th was World Elephant Day and marked the first day of our 10 week elephant project.  This project runs August 12th to October 21st, such that it wraps up just in time for Jane Goodall`s visit to Beijing. 

The Elephant Guardian Project is a friendly competition amongst schools. Schools are competing to raise the most Elephant Guardian pledges -  a pledge to protect elephants and to refrain from buying ivory. About 100 elephants are killed each day for their ivory, and Roots & Shoots groups are pledging to change this.


 Join us in protecting elephants and take a pledge on behalf of your school community!

 Compete to save their lives and win the prize.