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Jane Goodall in the European Parliament

A ground-breaking project encouraging young people to protect our planet was taken to the European Union stage on invitation by Silvana Koch-Mehrin in the third consecutive year on May 8. For the third time Dr Jane Goodall engaged with hundreds of school children from Belgium, who were given the chance to present their Roots and Shoots projects on the premises of the European Parliament.

The Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots programme encourages young people to spot problems in their communities and take action. It has already involved tens of thousands of youngsters from 132 countries taking part in a number of campaigns.

Silvana Koch-Mehrin complimented the programme: “I am delighted that Jane Goodall visits us in the European Parliament once again. Her interaction with children is impressive; she inspires them and opens minds and eyes to the importance of individual action.”

Dr. Goodall added: “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 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. We can change the world.”

 

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