2008 Jane Goodall Global Youth Summit Sign In or Register to add photos

I had the chance to participate in the Jane Goodall Global Youth Summit in Orlando, Florida from April 19-25, 2008. This Summit is named after Dr. Jane Goodall, who is a United Nations Peace Messenger, which makes her the international symbol of wildlife conservation. She is known as a primatologist because of her studies about chimpanzees in East Africa that started more than 40 years ago. Dr. Jane is the founder of Roots & Shoots, which is an international organization with young members in more than 80 countries. It is her goal to ?build a critical mass of young activists to carry on her life?s work for a more humane world?. This is why she brought together 100 young people from 28 countries who discussed critical issues in their own countries. Dr. Jane was also a participant at the Summit. She joined our workshops, talked to us and became our friend. She played games with us and even taught us to eat vegetarian food. She gave all of us her book ?Reason for Hope? so we can be inspired to protect the Earth. She told us many stories and challenged us to solve the problems in our countries. I went to the Summit as a member of the Friends of the Seven Lakes Foundation of San Pablo City, Laguna. I told my new friends in the Summit about what we do in the Philippines to protect our environment, like lake-clean-up and tree planting activities and how we conduct mini eco-camps for kids. I also told them about how we want to spread the message to the youth about protecting the environment through media awareness. A lot of my new friends are doing great things in their own communities. Chih-Chung Lin works for the use of reusable chopsticks in Taiwan. Weldon Korir is trying to prevent HIV and malaria in Kenya. Manoj Gautam of Nepal cares for vultures in his country. We have our own problems here in the Philippines, so I hope our youth can also do their part in protecting the environment. -Maia Azores More info: http://www.globalyouthsummit.org/2008_summit
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