Following the lead of their hero – renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE – young people from across the UK came together in London yesterday to celebrate Peace.
They marked the event with a giant peace dove parade to support the United Nations International Day of Peace featuring a two minute silence at 12:00pm and a two hour parade from city hall, across the millennium bridge, past the Tower of London, along Tower Bridge and finally returning to City Hall.
They were witnessed by thousands of Londoners who cheered them on and wished them Peace. The Roots & Shoots group also raised money to help establish a new centre for abused children in Liverpool for the Red Balloon charity, in memory of James Bulger, the two year old brutally murdered fifteen years ago.
Our youth showed the country and the rest of the world that, every individual can make a difference and if united, can change the world. As Tara Golshan, Executive Director, stated, “with gun and knife crime on the increase, especially in London, it is even more imperative that young people are encouraged in a more positive direction against violence and bullying and towards unity and respect for others”.
A UN Messenger of Peace since 2002, Dr. Goodall established Roots & Shoots Day of Peace in 2004 to encourage Roots & Shoots members and other interested individuals to promote peace in their communities and around the globe. In past years, Giant Peace Dove Puppets have flown in almost 100 countries in city parks, backyards, convention centers and even refugee camps. Held high by young hands, the Doves have spread their wings everywhere including the Colosseum in Rome, a monastery in Mongolia, the base of Mount Fuji and even the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
“With the Peace Doves, we remind everyone of the truth they sometimes forget – that peace is possible. We celebrate all that is free and noble in the human spirit. And we celebrate all that so many people have done throughout the year – and will do next year – to create a better world,” said Dr. Goodall.
About the Jane Goodall Institute
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research of chimpanzee behavior – research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and the Roots & Shoots education program, which has groups in almost 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org.uk or www.janegoodall.org.
About Roots & Shoots
Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen – for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit www.rootsnshoots.org.uk or www.rootsandshoots.org.