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We invite you to join us in celebration of


On the 21st September 2018

Countdown to World Peace Day!

About Peace Day

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Each September, Roots & Shoots groups from around the world celebrate Roots & Shoots Peace Day and honour the UN International Day of Peace. Dr. Jane has been a UN Messenger of Peace since 2002 and she inspires us all to live in harmony with nature and each other. Each Roots & Shoots project is a step towards a future in which humans can live in peace in an environmentally sustainable way—a step towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Celebrate Peace Day with people, animals and the environment through the activities below. Share your photos on the Global Roots & Shoots Facebook Page and using #RootsandShoots #PeaceDay on social media.

The Day’s theme for 2018 is "The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70". The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages – is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted. Click here to learn more.

“While we may be lucky enough to live in peace ourselves, we should not take this for granted. We must work to maintain peace in our lives, our communities, our nations.”

- Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

Who are Roots & Shoots?

Roots & Shoots is a global network of young people taking action to improve our world. This youth-led action program empowers young people to become the type of leaders who will make the right choices to build a better world. Through the program, participants identify and address problems in their communities, while developing skills and traits of compassionate leaders.

The following are examples of some of our recent projects that showcase the amazing work Roots & Shoots do.



Last year Roots & Shoots organised an Activity Day at CERES Community Environmental Park. The theme of the day was Peace and the day started off with a talk by Iranian Refugee, Moshtagh Heidari, who spoke about his experiences as a refugee in Australia. Roots & Shoots Victorian coordinator Asitha Samarawickrama spoke about the importance of peace and Dr Jane’s message for peace with our fellow humans as well as our environment. The day concluded with students tackling how to reduce plastic waste and ocean waste. Students created a flowchart showing how plastic, when discarded, ends up in our oceans and then the students pledged to reduce waste as part of the No Waste November Global campaign.



Paola Ion is an 11 year old girl from Subiaco Primary School. Inspired by Dr Jane Goodall Paola decided to write a book for a school science project this year. With the help of our R&S National Coordinator Paola has written a fabulous book entitled 'Only if We Care'. Paola threw herself into the project, working incredibly hard and was subsequently awarded a perfect score; topping her year in this assignment. Most importantly, Paola raised awareness among her classmates about how important it is to conserve our natural world and how each of us can make a positive difference.

Taking Action

Taking Action

In June this year, Roots & Shoots volunteers in Melbourne travelled to Phillip Island to clean Summerlands Beach. Volunteers were hosted by the education team at Phillip Island Nature Parks where they learnt about the history of Phillip Island and the work done by Phillip Island Nature Parks to protect the 32 000 little penguins and other wildlife that call the island home. Volunteers spent their time collecting and sorting marine debris and had the opportunity to visit the penguin parade in the evening.

“Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love.”

- Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

Our youth are the leaders of tomorrow, but what kind of leaders will they be? Roots & Shoots need your support to empower youth to make positive change in the world and ensure a brighter future for all of us. .
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