This is the official Roots and Shoots Planet Protector blog. We are based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, at the Buttonwood Park Zoo. We have eight members: Nick, Cole, Tiffany, Cassandra, Adam, Alysha, Alyssa, and the current blogger, Gabi. We also have two adult advisers, Erine and Misty.
A short history of the Roots and Shoots program goes a little like this: Roots and Shoots is an organization started by Dr. Jane Goodall. While at her home in Tanzania, Africa, 16 kids from the village came to her and said that they would like to see change in the way animals were treated in their community. With Dr. Jane’s help, the kids were able to see that the animals were treated with more care and respect. The movement began to grow after that. Kids everywhere started to want to create change in their community. There are now Roots and Shoots groups in over one hundred countries around the entire world. Here is a quote from Dr. Jane on the groups around the world:
Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots & shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world.
- Dr. Jane
We try to do three projects per year. One dealing with social issues, one dealing with environmental issues and one dealing with animal issues. Our projects now include a teen club, a mini-project dealing with elephants and a garden project.
We will be updating this blog about once a week, dealing mainly with our projects and experiences that we have had in the community.
Welcome to the blog, and we hope you enjoy reading!
- The RSBP Planet Protectors