Educating young people on nature conservation, and the issues created by global warming, is more critical today than ever before. An organization which has created a way to get young people actively involved in being part of the solution is Roots and Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute. All about making positive change happen, not just for animals, but for people and the environment as well, the organization helps young people all over the world learn about their communities, find issues they care about, and plan specific projects to help. For more information go to www.rootsandshoots.org.
A world-wide event coming up August 12 is National Youth day. Here is what the Roots and Shoots Web site says about the importance of this day: "International Youth Day gives the world an opportunity to recognize the potential of youth, to celebrate their achivements, and plan for ways to assist young people and their communities to better engage youth in development. It presents a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to take action to ensure that young people are included in global, national and local affairs and decision-making.The theme for the 2007 commemoration of International Youth Day is: BE SEEN, BE HEARD: YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN DEVELOPMENT"