London UK— Following the lead of their hero—renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE—young people from across the UK came together in London for a Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Day of Peace.
School students from Canada Blanch Instituto Espanol de Londres joined in on the 2012 UN International Day of Peace Parade with the theme for this year being Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future. The event also marked the 10th anniversary of Dr. Goodall’s appointment as a UN Messenger of Peace.
Dr. Goodall established Jane Goodall’s 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. Members craft Giant Peace Dove Puppets from reused materials and fly the Doves in their communities to symbolize their commitment to peace. 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 Coliseum in Rome, a monastery in Mongolia, the base of Mount Fuji and even the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
This year’s event in London featured a two hour parade with over 30 young people parading from City Hall, across the Millennium Bridge, past the Tower of London, along Tower Bridge and finally returning to City Hall.
“With crime and unrest amongst youth today on the increase it is even more imperative that young people get involved with activities that not only promote peace but give them a sense of self worth, belonging and a positive contribution to society” said Tara Golshan (Executive Director, Education).
“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 Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots education program, which has groups in almost 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org.uk or www.janegoodall.org
About Jane Goodall’s 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 over 131 countries, Jane Goodall’s 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, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit www.rootsnshoots.org.uk or www.rootsandshoots.org.