Conservationist inspires to help save the planet - The Solihull Observer

Conservationist inspires to help save the planet

Solihull Editorial 1st Dec, 2023   0

A CONSERVATIONIST hoped to inspire Silhillians to help change the world.

Dr Jane Goodall spoke to more than 450 pupils and teachers from over 30 primary schools at Solihull School about her education programme for young eco minded activists – Roots and Shoots.

Solihull Prep School’s Roots and Shoots Club, led by Donna Penney and Lucy Harper, were delighted to meet Jane and tell her all about their after-school eco activities.

The club is Jane Goodall’s environmental and humanitarian programme for young people of all ages and is now active in more than 65 countries.

Mark Penney, head of the Prep School at Solihull School, said: “Many of the schools who attended are now planning to start up their own Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Club.

“This is such wonderful news and will lead to a collective of tremendous initiatives across our locality. Beyond the feel-good factor so much good has come out of these events and, in time, even more good will emerge.”

Dr Goodall said: “It was exciting to learn about the Roots and Shoots projects under way at Solihull School and I hope that many of the schools who attended my talk will want to form groups. Together we can change the world.”


Dr Goodall also gave a lecture on Reason for Hope which focused on her pioneering research into the lives of wild chimpanzees in Gombe, western Tanzania, the global reach of her incredible work with the Jane Goodall Institute and her reasons for hope.

A very generous donor matched the Solihull School ‘Reason for Hope’ event revenues, resulting in a total of over £12,000, every penny of which will go to the Jane Goodall Institute UK to support the core programmes of JGI around the world.


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