Duke of Sussex to Attend Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership Meeting

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The Duke of Sussex meets schoolchildren after a Queen's commonwealth canopy and woodland tree planting, at St Vincent's Catholic Primary School in west London.

The Duke of Sussex will attend Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership Meeting

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019

The Duke of Sussex will attend Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership Meeting at St. George’s House, Windsor Castle on Tuesday 23rd July.

Roots & Shoots is a global programme empowering young people of all ages. Through hands on projects chosen by the participants Roots & Shoots works to ignite and inspire the belief that every individual can take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

Founded by Dr. Goodall in 1991 with just 12 Tanzanian High School Students from nine schools, Roots & Shoots today involves students in over 50 countries with members ranging from pre-school through university. These individual efforts of the hundreds of thousands of young people around the world are collectively making monumental change. Dr. Goodall has convened a select group of Roots & Shoots students from around the world, annually over the last six years in Windsor, to share their projects, discuss local and global problems and to collectively encourage one another in their work and activism.

The Duke of Sussex is committed to advancing conservation efforts around the world and believes that working with communities is key to ensuring a sustainable future for the planet. In his roles as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Youth Ambassador His Royal Highness has had the opportunity to meet young people who are leading the way in coming up with solutions to combat some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Upon arrival at St. George’s House, The Duke will be met by Dr Jane Goodall before listening to an overview of the Roots& Shoots programme. His Royal Highness will then address the programme’s attendees before listening to presentations from representatives from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. The Duke will then meet with the young people involved in the Roots & Shoots programme about the issues affecting them before joining a group photo.

Dr Jane Goodall is an ethologist and conservationist known for her study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees and first arrived at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in July 1960. She has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977, a global wildlife and environment conservation organisation which works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania. The Institute is widely recognised for community-centred conservation and development programmes in Africa, the ongoing research at Gombe, the Tchimpounga and Chimp Eden sanctuaries for orphan chimpanzees and for her global youth programme Roots & Shoots.

In April 2002 Dr. Goodall was named a UN Messenger of Peace by Kofi Annan and has received many awards and honours.

For more on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s most recent engagements, be sure to purchase the latest issue of Royal Life magazine here.

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