The students have a designated area near a playground and plan to plant milkweed bushes for the butterflies. The students are researching which type of milkweed is best and the optimum planting months for the southern Arizona climate. Funds have been raised for the purchase of the soil and materials for a raised bed. The current time frame is to plant in May 2016.
Our project will support the nonprofit organization of Abilis and raise awareness and support of those with developmental disabilities and how they are people just like us who need support and deserve the rights to a good life.
We are extending our electronic cleaning project and continuing to encourage others in our community to do the same. It feels safe to say almost all of us have old flip cell phones and electronic handheld devices laying around our homes unused; so we are spreading the word through social media, the media (radio, newspaper and magazines), speaking engagements and schools and asking everyone to drop off unused electronics at our local library. We are already receiving a tremendous response for our size community due to the desire to protect the environment, help save the great apes and benefit the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute. The response by our community to take part in this project and make a difference is a great experience.
We used our creative talents to make beautiful collages which were displayed in the school office, and we shared these at a school assembly, highlighting the plight of the animals, plants, and people who call the rainforest their home.
My Roots & Shoots team and I began fundraising at a grassroots level in our community with people we knew well and could easily explain the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute and the role Roots & Shoots plays within the organization. As we began to heighten awareness, speak to groups, create a continuous presence in the media and talk about Dr. Goodall's life work and mission, donations have steadily increased. As awareness increases so do donations. Some of the funding we collect are made anonymously through pigs (see photo below) we have placed throughout our community and do quite well raising funds with them.
A lower elementary class in Lexington Montessori School chose to engage the school community and ask that everyone recycle devices that were no longer being used. The class spoke to parents, staff and students about the issues of coltan mining. Groups made signs and drop boxes, some took time to speak to each and every class and others manned collection areas. The class chose one day where everyone could easily drop their devices before and after school during drop off and pick up. An email was sent to the school community so that everyone was aware of the recycling day.
We are "Spring Cleaning" our electronic lives and encouraging others in our community to do the same. It feels safe to say almost all of us have old flip cell phones and electronic handheld devices laying around our homes unused; so we are spreading the word through social media, the media (radio, newspaper and magazines), speaking engagements and schools and asking everyone to drop off unused electronics at our local library. We are already receiving a tremendous response for our size community due to the desire to protect the environment, help save the great apes and benefit the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute.
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Raise awareness in our local and surrounding community. We will have an ariticle published in our local town magazine with a readership of 30,000 people. We will sell Seedlings for seedlings - growing seedlings to sell to our community to raise money for the Kadoorie Conservation China organisation to grow and plant new seedlings in the Bawangling National Nature Reserve. Create a facebook page to raise awareness. Share presentation of Powtoons and keynotes that gives information to other local students and people. Create a website to share our information. Maybe go to Hainan. Design and purchase tshirts (made from bamboo and charcoal) with information on the gibbons and sell them. TELL EVERYONE about the Hainan Black Crested Gibbon.
My first class is Monday in an indigenous village, where I will learn what the participants/students hope to gain from this course, and give a talk on the scientific method, together we will brain storm research we can undertake!
Are aims are: 1. Socialisation and Awareness: Get the community involved and to understand why the forest is important and why we need to conserve it; 2. Environmental Education for Schools: Get local schools involved in conservation. Including in-situ activities; develop learning exchanges with children in schools around Indonesia and the world and develop after-school clubs for the local school in the village – with the intention of expanding these to the school in Palangkaraya; 3. Develop an open-access Education Centre: Establishing a centre in the village. This would be a drop-in centre for schools; a nursery and demonstration site. This would also host exhibitions describing the community patrol team’s work, could host a Dayak cultural exhibition and be a site for after-school activities; 4. Explore the potential for developing a Dayak Cultural Education Initiative. Some of the best protected forests in Kalimantan are those where the forest conservation is driven by Dayak communities and a cultural determination to stop over-exploitation of their natural heritage. Dayak people place a high importance on the forests in the culture, although these are often different values to the one that westerners derive from the forest. Dayak people see the forest as a source of products, of fish and water, meat and medicines, timber for their houses and rattan for their nets. For many communities it is also the place their ancestors spirits go after they die. However much of Dayak lore and Dayak knowledge is being lost as the province develops and cities become the focus more than the jungle. Yet as we have seen, Dayak culture is a strong force for forest protection. It may be desirable to develop a Dayak education project, one which teaches about traditions, dance and music, history and the importance of the environment.