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Just as this young shoot pushed through the concrete to reach the light Jane Goodall believes that the strength of young people can make the world a better place Roots Shoots members from Richilieu Valley High School present a gift for the chimps at the Fauna Foundation Sanctuary Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation Shoots seem very weak but to reach the light they can break through brick walls Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet Hundreds and thousands of roots and shoots hundreds and thousands of young people around the world can break through these wallsIn the Fall of 1999 JGI Canada was host to the Annual Roots Shoots North American Youth SummitOn the shores of the Indian Ocean in February 1991 Roots Shoots was born A group of 16 secondary school students from eight different schools gathered on the verandah of Dr Janes house in Dar es Salaam Tanzania Jane had been talking to the students at various schools and it had become clear to her that many students were fascinated with animal behavior and environmental concerns but had no classes in school that covered those subjects To rectify the problem each school chose a few representatives to join Jane to decide how to bring these subjects into the students lives through out-of-school activities That first morning there was much discussion on chimpanzees and the fact that they had personalities could reason and use tools had close family bonds and felt emotions The students decided that the qualities existed in many other animals as well - including domestic animals This led to a discussion of how much cruelty was involved in animal husbandry and in hunting and poaching of wild animals The students were also keen to learn more about environmental issues especially those around Dar es Salaam Dr Goodall had long wanted to share her knowledge and
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