Fri, Dec 03, 2004 - Page 14 News List

It's now time toclean the beach

STAFF WRITER

Jane Goodall and a stuffed monkey.

PHOTO: AP

You partied on it all summer long, now it's time go clean up the beach. Dr Jane Goodall will be in town tomorrow to help Taiwan clean up the shoreline at Liukuai north of Danshui as part of her Roots and Shoots network of community volunteers.

The Roots and Shoots program began when 16 students gathered with Dr Goodall on her front porch in Tanzania in 1991. The students were fascinated by animal behavior and concerned about the state of the environment. But their schools didn't cover these topics. The students wondered if they could further these interests through out-of-school activities.

Their conversation ranged from how to help chimpanzees to how their actions might affect their communities. The 16 returned to their schools with a task: Find other interested young people and take action. And so the Roots and Shoots program was born.

Roots and Shoots groups undertake "service-learning" projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment or the community. There are more than 6,000 groups ranging in size from two to 2,000 members registered in more than 87 countries.

Their mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment.

And sometimes to clean up a beach. The local chapter of the International Jane Goodall Association will be picking up volunteers at the Hongshulin MRT station bright and early at 8:30am. Organizer Zhu Pei-wen (朱珮文) asked that no one be late, but said the bus may be making a second or third trip, depending on the number of volunteers. She also warned that the coastal winds at Danshui can be fierce and chilly and advised that everyone dress accordingly.

Following the clean-up, Dr. Goodall will give a talk on volunteering for the community at the lecture hall of Zhen Li University (真理大學活動中心演講廳). Box lunches will be made available.

Teachers, if you're interested in incorporating Roots and Shoots community-awareness programs into your class curriculum, there is information available on the Web, including lesson plans for all ages. Check out http://www.rootsandshoots.org/in-schools/default.asp for more information.

Performance notes:

WHAT: Beach Clean-up

WHERE: LiuKuai Beach. Meet for bus pick up at Honshulin MRT Station

WHEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8:30am. Clean-up will go until 4pm.

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