U.N. International Day of Peace event pictures

These are pictures taken on September 19th, 2008 at the U.N. International Day of Peace event. First there was an opening ceremony and the ringing of the peace bell. Afterwards we all made our way to the Student Observance portion of the event where we got to hear from four Messengers of Peace (Michael Douglas, Dr. Elie Wiesel, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Ms. Midori Goto) and four youth presenters. The most inspiring moment for me was being able to see live videoconference presentations by students in Afghanistan, Liberia, and Sudan. Another highlight was our own Emily Woodall, who was one of the four youth presenters chosen to address the entire crowd on behalf of Roots & Shoots. The event closed with the ringing of the peace bell and the flag ceremony. In my opinion, this entire event should have been headline news across the nation; it was truly amazing to witness the passion that young people shared toward working together to create peace.

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Peace Day 2008!

Hey everyone, Roots & Shoots Day of Peace was a great success all around the world! Congratulations! Here are some highights from the weekend.

Katia and I at the United Nations in 15 naughts of wind!

Katia and I with the Peace Bell made out of old weapons, “May peace prevail on earth!”

The United Nations New York City

Myself with Peace Dove and Dr. Jane in the background at St. Catherine’s Park

National Office Ladies: Claire, Katherine and I

Mi amigo, Christian and I

Don’t forget to share your Roots & Shoots Day of Peace experience with us! Submit a Project Report and send your photos, with completed release forms, to peacedoves@janegoodall.org!

Peace Day media moments

There will be countless news articles making their way around the internet this week due to the amazing events put on at the United Nations and by Roots & Shoots groups nation wide. I encourage you to spend ten minutes online and search around.  This is also a great chance to check out www.goodsearch.com, which allows you to raise money for the Jane Goodall Institute. To get you started, here are two that I enjoyed reading:

Giving peace a chance

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/local/ci_10535938

 

Gwen Stefani Rocks EcoStiletto Kids Launch Party

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/09/ecostiletto-kids-launch-party.php

 

If you have any pictures or have written an article about your event, please visit http://www.rootsandshoots.org/campaigns/dove.

 

Finding comfort in a new place

Moving to a new place can be a little frightening. Everything is so new and deep down you crave something that feels familiar. Even the simplest thing, such as shopping for food at the grocery store, can pose a challenge. I was recently searching for dairy products and was so confused when I didn’t find Lucerne and Tillamook, two widely distributed products in Washington State that I assumed was sold everywhere. I was forced to grab the store brand cheese, which somehow made me worry about the quality compared to that which I was used to.

It is not just food, but other things I had grown to love. In Pullman I had a routine that was perfect; I knew all my favorite places to shop and looked forward to riding my bike to the farmer’s market each Saturday. I was happy with the local non-profits and level of concern over important issues such as the environment and the welfare of animals. I thought that once I moved everything would change and I wouldn’t find the same things I had grown to love; amazingly I found the opposite. Over the course of the week I was able to talk to others about their favorite places to shop and then started searching the internet. I was overjoyed to find a website that listed locally grown food that was available at many farmer’s markets in the area. There is also an organic food store nearby called Trader Joe’s.

With regards to the environment and local non-profits, I have become very impressed at how green the area is and now frequently visit a local park to go hiking with my coworker. I also found a local humane society that is very active in the community and hosting a Walk for the Animals event at the end of the month. I have finally begun to feel a sense of community and connection to this new place I now call home. It is comforting to know that even on the other side of the country there are people who share similar passions and places that allow you to enjoy the things you love about life; all you have to do is get out there and find them.

Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

Hi my name is Katia Rossi and I am the new Roots & Shoots Graduate Fellow.

I have just moved to Connecticut from Pullman, Washington. I began my involvement in community service starting my junior year of high school. Four years later, during my sophomore year at WSU, I was finally able to establish a Roots & Shoots group. I enjoyed leading this group because I have a natural ability to recognize important issues and enjoy seeking out tangible solutions through service projects. I include everyone when organizing an activity and love developing partnerships in my community. Now that I have graduated I am really excited to move into a career that allows me to travel and network with other university groups and share my R&S experiences.

My values are strong in all three areas of concern. At WSU I organized film screenings of An Inconvenient Truth as part of the week long Campus Climate Challenge Campaign, which sparked a lot of discussion about global warming. Other projects included volunteering at our local senior center, walking dogs from the humane society, and partnering other organizations for stream cleanup events. The most inspiring experience came when we met the young members of the Lena Whitmore Elementary Roots & Shoots group for the first time. We took them out to learn about horses at a local sanctuary called Orphan Acres. They were full of energy and so amazing to work with. I was inspired by their enthusiasm to learn about the world around them and find ways to make a difference.

If you have any inspirational stories or need support for event ideas, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Thanks.

Roots & Shoot Day of Peace 2008

What are you doing for the United Nations International Day of Peace?

Don’t forget to celebrate this Sunday September 21st, 2008.

Each year in support of the United Nations International Day of Peace, Roots & Shoots members and friends come together to promote peace. All over the world young people craft Giant Peace Dove Puppets from reused materials and fly the Doves in their communities. From the high peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro to the low plains of Kansas, Peace Doves fly, held high by hopeful hands.

This year will be my second Peace Day experience, my first was in Los Angeles in Griffith Park in 2006. Peace Day was what inspired me to start a Roots & Shoots club at my high school. This year I will be joining up with Dr. Jane in New York City to attend the United Nations International Day of Peace Observance and Student Conference at the United Nations Headquarters and later the Roots & Shoots Day of Peace Giant Peace Dove Puppet Ceremony and Parade at St. Catherine’s Park. I look forward to meeting many of the New England Youth Leadership Council members and going to NYC for the first time ever!

Check out the website to find an event near you or to get information on how to create your own event! http://www.rootsandshoots.org/campaigns/dove

After Peace Day don’t forget to tell us about your brilliant ideas by submitting a project report!

New Youth Leadership Fellow: Shanay Healy

Hey everyone! My name is Shanay Healy and I will be the Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Fellow for 2008-2009.

I’m from Ashland, Oregon which is in the Southern part of the state, just 14 miles from the California border. I got involved with Roots & Shoots when I went to the 2006 ChimpanZoo Conference in LA and later the Roots & Shoots Day of Peace celebration at Griffith Park. That was the first time I heard Dr. Jane speak and I knew then that I really wanted to get involved and take Roots & Shoots back to my community. I later did the ReBirth the Earth: Trees for Tomorrow Campaign as my Senior Project. Look for me and the rest of my story in the September e-newsletter.

After I graduated from Ashland High School in 2007 then I went to Denia, Spain as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. I lived there for 11 months with a host family and went to high school. I made incredible friends and wonderful memories and grew so much.

I spent my short summer in Oregon and then moved back East to Arlington, VA and started to work at the Jane Goodall Institute’s National Office as the Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Fellow.

Now that I am settled in I want to let you all that I am here for any questions or any ideas you may have. You can email me at shealy@janegoodall.org anytime.

Keep up the great work!

With hope for the future,

Shanay Healy