Hello, I am Jane Goodall and on this World Wildlife Day, I want to send you a message.
All around the globe Mother Nature is under siege as human and livestock populations grow, encroaching into wilderness areas, destroying wildlife habitats, and illegal hunting and trafficking. With our burning of fossil fuels, over use of chemicals in agriculture, industry and households we are polluting air, land and water. We are suffering the effects of climate change.
For 26 years, I have been working with young people in countries around the world, helping them to understand the problems we face and listening to their voices. Our Roots & Shoots program is now in almost 100 countries, with members from kindergarten through university.
The most important message of Roots & Shoots is that every single one of us makes a difference every day. And we can choose what sort of difference we want to make. Young people understand this. They know that millions of small ethical choices around the world are making a difference. They organize campaigns to save elephants and rhinos and sharks, raise money to help save wildlife, help to restore habitats by planting trees, share their knowledge, roll up their sleeves and get to work. This is why it is so important that we listen to their voices as they fight to heal the scars that we have inflicted and we need to help them. Young people are my hope for the future of wildlife and on this day I hope you will join us.
Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute UN Messenger of Peace