Submitted by Alison Gear-“Roots creep underground and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem small and weak but to reach the light they can break through brick wallsÂ…young people around the globe CAN break through to make the world a better place.”
It is with this philosophy that, in 1991, primate biologist Dr. Jane Goodall founded Roots & Shoots, an environmental education and humanitarian program for youth. Today there are more than 3000 branches in 58 countries enabling youth to show care and concern for the environment, for animals, and for their communities. Since its beginning in the spring of this year, the Haida Gwaii Roots & Shoots group has been busy planting trees, caring for the forest, exploring pond life, cleaning beaches and learning about local bats and bears. As well as learning how to appreciate our local environment, members learn about what Roots & Shoots groups are doing around the world.
One of the reasons the Haida Gwaii Roots & Shoots group has been so successful has been the generosity of community environmental educators like Josina Davis, Lynn Lee, Christina Engel, and Ceitlynn Epners who have volunteered their time to lead the programs. Children, parents, and adult friends are always welcome. Why not join in on our Christmas Bird Count in Tlell on December 14th, or one of our exciting 2004 activities such as a January beach seine and clean up, a ‘Lost in the Woods’ program, or a marine mammal adventure?
Roots & Shoots is looking for ideas for environmental and community projects. For more information, please contact Alison Gear at 559-8026.
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