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Eco-friendly New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on December 31st, 2016 by Aoife Glass

Red fireworks in the night sky over Singapore “Team Singapore fireworks display from Singapore Fireworks Festival 2006″ by Sehsuan

2017 is here, and it’s the perfect opportunity to make a few changes in your life that could help people, animals and the planet itself. So …

How to help wildlife over winter

Posted on December 8th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

What can you do to help wildlife cope with the cold temperatures and short, dark days of winter when food is scarce? Plenty!

A robin, or Erithacus …

Top tips for a sustainable Christmas

Posted on December 4th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

We love Christmas! Cold weather, mince pies, winter walks and lots of time spent with family and friends. It’s a happy season, with presents and decorated trees and lots of tasty food. It can also be a season that produces an awful lot of waste and uses a lot of …

5 great ideas for Giving Tuesday

Posted on November 24th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

At this time of year, it’s hard to ignore all the offers, emails, posters and signs about the face that Christmas is coming, it’s time to get shopping, and of course the avalanche of  Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and bargains. Now, while we won’t argue with the fact …

What is hibernation?

Posted on November 20th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

The temperature is low, the trees are bare, not much is growing and there’s not much to eat. Winter is a hard time of year for many animals, and they’ve evolved different ways of dealing with it. One way to get through the cold dark months is to sleep all …

Roots & Shoots at the GEMS Modern Academy, Abu Dhabi

Posted on November 16th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

‘Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.’

— Dr. Jane Goodall


The Roots & Shoots Team often travel the world, and we love meeting the inspiring, determined and talented young people who are working to make the world a better place. In a recent visit …

Wild arts and crafts for autumn

Posted on November 3rd, 2016 by Aoife Glass

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year. The leaves on the trees are turning amazing colours, from bright yellows to russet reds and browns and everything in between. It’s enough inspire anyone to create something beautiful and artistic!

In fact, one creative soul – Andrew Goldsworthy – doesn’t …

Wild about elephants!

Posted on August 15th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

Elephants are intelligent gentle giants, and one of the most recognisable and well-loved animals on the planet. Most people are familiar with them through wildlife documentary films, photographs and – if you’re really lucky – having actually met one!

They’ve often been mistreated in the past, hunted for their ivory tusks, …

What is renewable energy?

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

We need energy to power our lives; everything from our mobile phones to our fridges to our schools and hospitals rely on energy to power them. It gets our food moved from farm to plate, and helps us get to work …

Fun events & outdoor activities for the summer holidays

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

Looking for something fun to do on your summer holidays? There are loads of brilliant free activities all across the country that you can join in with run by various organisations and charities. Not only will they get you outside and enjoying nature, they’re also perfect for learning about and …

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