Jane Goodall was born in London on April 3, 1934, with the full name of Dame Jane Morris Goodall. This British woman is a biologist, anthropologist, as well as a UN envoy for peace. Jane is the world’s leading conservation expert who runs a UN mission to ensure a better future for the planet.


Jane has conducted a study about chimpanzees in 1960, examining the social interactions of wild chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Jane started the Jane Goodall Institute and initiated the Roots and Shoots movement dedicated to the role of the younger generation to guard the earth. In addition, Jane has also worked globally on issues of animal preservation and nature conservation.


Jane realized that the population of the earth is increasing and so is its the activity. The earth becomes more ‘unfriendly’, not because of itself but the inhabitants that cause the inhospitable. The pollution, waste,  the diminishing number of species that live on earth is a problem that we must face and find the solution. It is for this reason that the Roots and Shoots movement (roots and shoots) is formed.

Roots and Shoots are defined as roots that grow slowly in the ground, becoming the foundation. Shoots that appear then look for sunlight grow up, and able to penetrate the wall. Jane chose the metaphor of roots and shoots because of the profound meaning of her philosophy: all the big and strong trees comes from a small seed that does not give up to grow and develop.

Currently, the movement of Roots and Shoots has spread to everywhere around the world reaching more than 137 countries. This movement is for young people, from pre-school to college age, as agents of change and facilitates them with a fairly simple principle: do it according to your passion.

Jane argues that everyone is capable of bringing change in their own way, every day. Compared to creating a movement that focuses on only one aspect, members incorporated in Roots and Shoots can create their own programs tailored to their surroundings as well as adjust to their own passions.

Despite the unrestricted way, the merged members still have to select three projects, to improve the things related to human, animal and environmental life. With the given theme, they will learn to coexist peacefully and harmoniously with each other, whether with different religions, cultures, and other nations.

All groups: young and old, rich and poor, both native and non-migrants, learn to live side by side with nature. Roots and Shoots members now reaching around 150,000 people around the world and they actually take action and have made changes. They choose projects that fit their passion, roll up their sleeves, and make an action.

There are many ways that can be done as a form of environmental maintenance, such as cleaning the river, planting trees, educating the environment on children, or by adopting pets (not by buying them).

Roots and Shoots apply a holistic approach that everyone can contribute to saving the earth from environmental damage by doing anything simple. Jane believes that we still have time to make changes and improvements, although we don’t have much time.

Therefore let’s start small habits like throwing garbage in the trash bin to show how much we care the environment. If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting for the rest of our lives.


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