“We Can Each And Everyone
of Us Make A Difference”
Jane Goodall ~ April 22, 2006 ~
Earthday at Massachusetts’
Franklin Park Zoo
Written by: Jennifer Matthews
wonderful lecture, Dr. Jane Goodall touched on extremely important matters
mostly pertaining to the dire need for more community awareness in protecting
and restoring our Earth. The motto at hand was protect, restore and create
an environment for the future. Dr. Goodall shared with the 1,000 plus
crowd that Tanzania has a new president whom cares about the environment.
Again his motto is to protect and restore. Upon his stepping into office,
he says that although he realizes it might take twenty years to feel the
effects, he is going to do it anyway. One of the first environmental laws
that he put into effect is within six months no more plastic bags will
be sold or bought. This would be a tremendous step for all countries around
the globe to partake in. Bring and use tote bags or paper bags when shopping.
Plastic bags are extremely harmful to our environment and pollute not
only the land, but clog up drainage systems, get into rivers and streams
where the fish ingest them and are killed mistaking them for food. Also
plastic bags are not biodegradable.
made an excellent point by saying that whether we have big feathers or
small feathers, we all play an important part. It starts at home. Being
more conscientious about recycling, discontinue use of plastic bags; eat
organic including free-range meats and poultry. Make grains, fruits and
vegetables the staple of our diets. Also, compost foods, discontinue use
of aerosol sprays, start a car pool, educate yourselves, your children
and your neighbors. You can start up your own community clean up in your
has a website at www.janegoodall.org. She has also started her own institute
called the Jane Goodall Institute where she designed a program to engage
and inspire youth and all ages through service learning projects. It is
a global program based on the principle that knowledge leads to compassion,
which inspires action. It is called Roots and Shoots. All of the R&S
groups plan and implement projects showing care and concern in three areas:
the Environment, Animals, and the Human community.
has shown that Roots and Shoots has a long-term impact on young people,
teaching them that they can make a difference in the world. Especially
by increasing their confidence and instilling new interest in protecting
the environment and animals. Go to www.rootsandshoots.org to learn more
and to sign up to start your own roots and shoots group in your town and
community. It is never too late and every effort really does make a difference.
We must stop
the apathy and care about the future of our environment, animals and the
human community. Remember, a single drop in a pond creates a ripple that
grows and grows and spreads in great width. A single effort on your part
can and will do the same.