Today marks a big day in history for me, the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots & Shoots as we celebrate the 25th anniversary since the founding of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots programme. What started with 12 Tanzanian students in 1991, has grown into a global humanitarian youth programme, canvassing 130+ countries with hundreds of thousands of young people involved. The basic idea of Roots & Shoots from the beginning was that each of us makes a difference every single day. Young people are the key, and through Roots & Shoots they take action on issues in their community, choosing projects they care about. Today, groups across the globe engage in projects that help people, animals and the environment, with the all-encompassing mission of learning to live in peace and harmony with each other, and with the natural world.
As I reflect on this incredible day from Gombe, I want everyone reading this to know that YOU do make a difference every day you are on this planet, and only YOU can choose what type of difference you are going to make.
You can get involved in the global celebration of #RootsandShoots25 on social media and learn more about the campaign at www.rootsandshoots.org/25years.