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Rootin' & Shootin': kids saving the earth!

"I'm a member of Roots & Shoots, a program that Dr. Jane Goodall started in 1991 in Tanzania. Dr. Jane believes that the future of the earth lies in the hands of youth and that it's our job to work toward a better future."

Roots & Shoots encourages kids to care for animals, the environment, and human communities. Our club works in all three areas. We try to help disadvantaged children by donating used clothes to them.

I especially enjoy this side of Roots & Shoots because it helps me make friends with people that I wouldn't meet otherwise. I want to help disadvantaged kids feel that they're an important part of our society and haven't been forgotten.

As a Roots & Shoots member, I help teach my community about environmental issues. Some people in our area let their cattle continually feed in the same place. This can lead to overgrazing and desertification. Desertification is when the land degrades and becomes drier, with fewer plants, from overuse. It's mostly caused by human activities and changes in climate.

I talk with people in my community and explain the problem and possible solutions. Being part of Roots & Shoots gives me the courage to get up in front of people and talk about the environment.

You can join us in our quest for a brighter future! By making small changes and working together with other youth groups, I believe that we can make a big difference and make the world a better place.

Find out more about Roots & Shoots at their website: www.rootsandshoots.org

Roots & Shoots Update

Today, Roots & Shoots is worldwide. There are Roots & Shoots groups in more than 110 countries! The over 150,000 Roots & Shoots members worked on more than 42,000 projects last year.

Roots & Shoots members work in groups on local issues, helping animals, and protecting the environment. Roots & Shoots groups include kids under age five on up to college students!

Update on the Author

At the time Elda wrote this, she was a 12-year-old living and going to boarding school in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, and an early member of Roots & Shoots. Today, Elda is 21 years old. She lives in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, and studies accounting and finance. "I've always been a pet lover," Elda says. "I have three dogs in my home country, with whom I have had the best times of my life. I find joy in traveling around the world and taking care of the environment." She's the youngest of six children, and looks forward to finishing her education and returning to her family and dogs!

Roots & Shoots Projects

Shanghai, China:

Roots & Shoots members helped offices reduce their energy use

Kathmandu, Nepal:

Roots & Shoots members established classes for children who work full-time as domestic workers (maids and housekeepers). Most of the children are girls ages 9-14, and have had no other education.

Cherry Hilt, New Jersey:

Roots & Shoots members raised money to help protect chimpanzees

Across the U.S.:

Roots & Shoots members planted more than 3,600 trees across the U.S., and raised more than $18,000 for tree nurseries in Tanzania.

Members of the U.S. Roots & Shoots' Youth Leadership Council have addressed the United Nations General Assembly!

Want to learn more--or form your own Roots & Shoots chapter?

Go to www.rootsandshoots.org
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Title Annotation:GO GIRL!
Author:Dausen, Elda
Publication:New Moon Girls
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Date:Jul 1, 2009
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