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Roots & Shoots Global

Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian programme empowering young people of all ages – and a growing number of adults – to become involved in hands-on projects of their choosing to benefit people, animals and the environment.

Starting with 12 Tanzanian high school students in 1991, the programme can now be found in over 60 countries with hundreds of thousands of young people involved.

Roots & Shoots aims to inspire, empower and encourage young people all over the world to acquire knowledge and skills to become compassionate citizens. They implement practical positive change in their local communities. Through collaboration, they discover that we are all human beings deserving of respect, no matter what age, race, belief, culture, or gender

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 animals, people, and the environment.


Roots & Shoots groups aim to help animals, the people in our communities, and our shared environment.

Roots & Shoots groups undertake three projects:

  • One for animals (wild or domestic)
  • One for people and communities
  • One for our shared environment

β€œIt’s about rolling up your sleeves, getting there and doing it.”

– Dr. Jane Goodall