Count Up to Earth Day: Tip 11 Explore Roots & Shoots

April 18th, 2012

This post is part of a series counting up to Earth Day on April 22. Check back for the rest of the 22 tips!

I’m not talking in botanical terms when I say to explore Roots & Shoots, though it could involve getting your hands a little dirty.

I just had the big pleasure of talking with Jane Goodall during a question-and-answer call with other bloggers about the upcoming “Chimpanzee” movie (much more on that later), and one of the things she really wants you to do (in addition to seeing “Chimpanzee” during its first week, April 20-26) is explore to the program Roots & Shoots.

It’s the Jane Goodall Institute’s international environmental and humanitarian program for young people of all ages. The program has a 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 people, animals and the environment.

For parents, Roots & Shoots offers a way to bond with children over fun and safe community service projects.

For educators, Roots & Shoots offers creative freedom in the use of service learning to enhance the curriculum and meet educational goals.

For college students, Roots & Shoots offers the opportunity to design and implement projects to go with studies and interests.

For the environment, Roots & Shoots helps ensure a new generation of young people will grow up with a deeper understanding of the global impact of their everyday actions.