What is Roots & Shoots?

What is Roots & Shoots?

Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots & shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world.

- Dr. Jane

The Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Calculating Food Miles

Our task was to calculate the miles our meals have travelled to get to our plate. Each group was given a menu and the necessary information about each part of the dinner. There were 6 groups with each group working on a local or non-local dinner of chicken, hamburger or spaghetti. The lowest number of miles was 292 and the highest was more than 28,000! Thanks to the Shelburne Farms    Sustainable Schools Project for this great activity!
"This garlic travelled 9,000 miles from China!!!"

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