"The Jane Goodall Institute's mission is to empower individuals to
foster relationships with people, animals, and the environment that
sustain the natural resource base and enable all life to prosper."
Interviewer: You have recently shifted your emphasis in your talks.
What primary message are you sending to young people?
Jane: Actually, the chimps are still the heart of it. That's how the
whole Roots & Shoots program began.
The chimps teach us that there is no sharp line dividing human from
nonhuman. Our expanding
knowledge of the true nature of chimpanzees has shown that line as
very fuzzy and this means that
we have a new respect for all nonhumans. Kids are realizing it's not
only humans who know
emotions and are capable of rational thought.
This knowledge leads us into some ethical problems, actually, with
other nonhumans, and then this
leads into a whole concern for the way that we humans are arrogantly
spoiling the natural world,
causing deserts and pollution. We also have to be concerned with the
cruelty, violence, and warfare.
Basically the message of Roots & Shoots to young people is that there
is hope for the future. We do
have terrible problems and we can solve those problems only if, as
individuals, we are prepared to
help and place a value on each person as an individual.
[Tulsa Zoo Newsletter, 1996]"
The Jane Goodall Institute began a program called Roots and Shoots
which "is an international environmental and humanitarian program for
young people....[which teaches them to]...become more aware of their
actions, learn how to improve their communities, and foster respect
for all living creatures."
Our students at Heartlight schools could become Roots and Shoots
members if we so desire by doing projects each year that, "show
concern for 1)animals 2)the environment, and 3)their community."
Let's keep this in mind when beginning our schools; that we can use
organizations such as this one to empower us to create the grandest
version of who we are.
Phone Number: 1-800-592-JANE
The Jane Goodall Institute
P.O. Box 14890
Silver Spring, MD 20911-4890