With 150,000 members in 140 countries, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots is an environmental and humanitarian education program with a global network of people making a difference in their communities.
Groups identify, research, plan and take action to solve issues affecting animals, people and the environment (APE). With the support of Roots & Shoots staff and resources, young people are empowered to engage with their community and create positive change.
THINK GLOBALLY. CLEAN LOCALLY Beach Cleanup
Roots & Shoots Beach Cleanup
Through our 'Trash to Treasure' event, Roots & Shoots groups from Canadian International School and Hong Kong Academy both spent the day cleaning up the shorelines of Hong Kong. Despite a cold rainy weather, the students' passion inspired the parents and nearby hikers to join the effort as well. Combining everyone's individual effort, a total of 140kg of trash were collected. A breakdown of the trash collected can be viewed below. The clean up was so successful that it was featured on the EPD Clean Shorelines website. Visit the links below to see them in action!
Canadian International School
- 33 large, biodegradable plastic bags of trash
- 10 bags of Styrofoam alone (kids described it as hundreds of thousands of pieces in varying sizes)
- approximately 200-300 glass and plastic bottles (4 bags worth)
- approximately 200 cutlery and straws
- 50-60 bags, wrappers and nets
- 60 cigarettes/lighters
- 50 -100 metal pieces & metallic wrapping
- 50 - 60 clothes & fragments
- 100-200 flip flops/rubber material + a 2 foot x 2 foot bundle of excess flip flop rubber'
Hong Kong Academy
- Plastic bottles - 5kg
- Plastic bags/other bags - 15kg
- Styrofoam - 7kg
- Plastic bottle caps - 3kg
- Random (includes fishing gear) - 92kg
- Shoes - 5kg
- Big plastic - 9kg
- Metal/aluminum cans - 2kg
Save the Gibbon
Save the Gibbon (in pink) is one of JGI Hong Kong’s Roots and Shoots group based in Hong Kong Academy in Sai Kung. The group of students have done several projects aimed at helping the critically endangered Hainan Gibbons. Together, the group of students have raised awareness through their self made websites and Facebook page. They have also spread the message within the school and other neighbouring schools through research and presentations. Earlier in the year, their bake sale successfully raised HKD$3,500 as donation to Kadoorie Farm on their China Conservation Projets helping Hainan Gibbons. Kadoorie Farm visited HKA to give a talk on their gibbon conservation efforts to 30 students and to receive Save the Gibbons’ contribution. This is an excellent example of youths using their own skills and creative ideas to bring positive changes to global issues they care about through the Roots & Shoots channel.
Celia Ho: Campaign Against Ivory Trade
Celia, a Form 3 student at True Light Girls’ College, speaks out against ivory trade. She has written a letter to a newspaper and designed a poster to raise awareness about the issue. She got the backing of Dr. Jane Goodall, Eco-Sys Action and lots of others.
Harbour School: Global Issues Conference
Fifth Graders at Harbour School host a Global Issues Conference each June. The project is a culmination of several weeks' worth of independent research and action to address the world's problems. Students select the topics that inspire them, write their own speeches which involve their research and discuss the action they initiate and undertake, present it to other students, parents and representatives from organizations, and then host a poster session during which time anyone is invited to ask them questions on their topic or action.
Roots & Shoots Group: “3 Months for the Homeless”
3 Months for the Homeless' is a group of students aiming to make a difference by raising awareness of the plight of homeless people in Hong Kong. "We have challenged ourselves to raise $15,000 (in 3 Months) for the Salvation Army to solve problems faced by street sleepers in the Yau Tsim Mong district and to improve the quality of various homeless shelters in Hong Kong.
Roots & Shoots Group: Hong Kong International School
We have been doing our project on discouraging the use of disposable water bottles and promoting the excellent drinking water quality of Hong Kong. We’ve tackled this problem by providing an alternative and informing the school community about our research and efforts.
We’ve printed “Water Not Plastic” on stainless steel reusable water bottles, which is the title of our project. This means the bottle contains water, and not plastic because for disposable bottles, it takes more water to produce the bottle than the water it contains.
Roots & Shoots Group: South Island School
Roots & Shoots applied for a Student Council loan to purchase 100 kg of ‘soap nuts’. We started promoting the use of ‘Soap Nuts’ at our school fair, as they are an organic and river/ocean friendly alternative to laundry detergent. Also at our stall we had face painting for fundraising, selling Trash & Treasure to promote reusing preloved goods, selling hand made reusable bags and selling beads to support Ugandan communities.
Roots & Shoots Group: International College Hong Kong
Our student committee has conducted a green audit of many areas of the school (cafe, classrooms, administration office, staff room) and come up with recommendations. The students selected two projects to start on. The first was to create recycling bins for all the classrooms, with notices drafted by the students on how to use them correctly. The second was to start our ICHK organic garden. All the students and teachers will be coming together to develop ideas for ICHK’s first Green Charter. We want to make our school – and homes – as green as possible, and also learn important lessons about renewable energies in the process.
See the resources page for more project examples and ideas on how to get started.