The Origin of the Name "Roots and Shoots"

The name is symbolic. The first pale roots and shoots of a germinating seed look so tiny and fragile; it's hard to believe it can grow into a big tree. Yet there is so much life force in that seed that the roots can work their way through boulders to reach the water, and the shoot can work its way through cracks in a brick wall to reach the sunlight. Eventually the boulders and the wall—all the harm, environmental and social, that has resulted from our greed, cruelty, and lack of understanding—will be pushed aside. And hundreds and thousands of roots and shoots, representing the youth of the world, can solve many of the problems their elders have created for them.


For Jane Goodall's organization that encourages youth into good works and activism.

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 50 Years at Gombe
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Goodall , Jane (2010-10-01), 50 Years at Gombe, Stewart, Tabori and Chang, Retrieved on 2012-01-01
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