Roots & Shoots is JGI’s global community programme. It empowers people of all ages to design and implement sustainability action projects with positive impacts for animals, people and the environment. A.P.E

Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots and shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls.

Dr. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots began in 1991 when Dr. Jane met with 12 Tanzanian high school students who wanted to tackle urgent problems in their community. Since that meeting, Roots & Shoots groups have multiplied many times over and can now be found in 100 countries around the world. Wherever there’s a group people are making change that benefits people, animals and the environment.

Roots & Shoots builds on Dr. Jane’s vision of placing the power and responsibility for creating solutions to challenges in the hands of young people. All around the world youth are exploring problems in their communities around animals, people and the environment, brainstorming solutions and creating positively impactful projects and taking action. 

The programme connects participants to a vibrant global network and offers opportunities to learn, share and grow not only as individuals, but as members of the local and wider global community.

The mission of the Roots & Shoots programme is 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 people, other animals, and the environment.


Through experiential learning that promotes leadership skills, team building and critical thinking, Roots & Shoots equips people to have the compassion, knowledge and skills to live sustainably and create meaningful change. We offer resources and support so that you can bring Roots & Shoots programming to inspire your students and members of your community.

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When you join the global network of Roots & Shoots groups, you become part of a movement of people who are planting trees, leading public awareness campaigns, saving abandoned animals, helping the homeless, reducing community waste, protecting clean water, promoting biodiversity, raising funds for victims of natural disasters and changing the world, one community at a time.

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We have videos, toolkits and more to get you started on your Roots & Shoots journey to change the world one community at a time.

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