Throughout September, Roots & Shoots groups from around the world celebrate Peace Day and honour the UN International Day of Peace observed annually on September 21st. Dr Jane Goodall has been a UN Messenger of Peace since 2002 where she continues to inspire us all to live in harmony with nature and each other.
This year, our Victorian team joined together with Melbourne Zoo to celebrate Peace Day with a very special yoga class hosted by Lola Berry. Lola Berry is an accredited yoga instructor, nutritionist, author and presenter who helped us to find peace within.
This wonderful event was opened by one of our young Roots & Shoots members, Isaac, who at 9 years of age, already possesses the qualities of a compassionate leader.
Following the yoga class, our Roots & Shoots members along with Youth at the Zoo (YATZ) members participated in some fun and educational peace-themed activities. The youth were invited to design peace messages on enrichment ‘gifts’ that were filled with popcorn and given to the gorillas. This was an exciting activity for everyone watching on!
Other activities included a scavenger hunt around the Zoo where they learned ways of providing peace towards different animals and creating a tote bag out of old t-shirts that they were able to take home to use in the place of single-use plastic bags.
We are very grateful to the Melbourne Zoo team, including the Zoo Membership team and YATZ, for helping us to make this Peace Day celebration so special and to Lola Berry for an incredible yoga class. We also want to thank our amazing members who came along to celebrate with us and for their dedication in making a positive difference to our world.