South Australian Roots and Shoots volunteers attended a closed presentation by Dr Jane Goodall during her Rewind the Future tour on 14 May. The event at Adelaide Zoo was as also attended by the Adelaide Zoo’s Youth at the Zoo (YATZ).
The session started with a short introduction about the Roots & Shoots program and philosophy, aptly presented by Roots and Shoots volunteer Tory West, followed by a few YATZ members who spoke passionately and enthusiastically about their 2018 exchange trip to Zambia, and the various humanitarian projects they completed over the 3 week trip.
Next it was Dr Jane’s turn to speak to the group. She talked about the influence that youth can have on creating positive change and the role that we play to help conserve our world. It was also an opportunity for members to ask any questions that they might have about global conservation, as well as more personal questions.
Following this, Dr Jane, the YATZ and volunteers walked to the orangutan enclosure where a mobile phone recycling box had been set up. Dr Jane stood with a smile and watched as each member placed an old mobile phone into the recycle box.
The event was concluded with a wholesome lunch (pizza) and an enthusiastic chant from Jane; “Together we can, together we will!”
Lisa | WA NYLC
Photo Credits: Mark Tipple