Recently members of the Roots & Shoots and National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) met in Melbourne to develop the strategic plan for Roots & Shoots. In addition to the State Coordinators from WA (Bill Waterer), Victoria (Sarah Triolo), Queensland (Peta Wilson) and New South Wales (K-Lynn Smith), members of the NYLC met to discuss the
Saturday, 13 October 2018 / Published in Conservation, JGI Australia, News
You can help save chimpanzees simply by recycling your old phone. How do old phones help chimpanzees? The mining of coltan poses a substantial threat to African great apes. Coltan is a mineral used in electronics. Mining results in the clearing of habitat in coltan-rich areas such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where
Saturday, 06 October 2018 / Published in JGI Australia, News
In June, the Senate referred Australia’s faunal extinction crisis to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry. This inquiry aims to address over 12 important aspects of the crisis such as the wider ecological impacts of faunal extinction and the adequacy of Commonwealth environment laws. Earlier this year, the inquiry accepted submissions for consideration
Friday, 28 September 2018 / Published in Conservation, JGI Australia, News
Australia has one of the worst faunal extinction records on Earth. A reasonable way to compare Australia’s extinction rate with other nations is to look at the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List. According to the IUCN, only three countries have lost more animal species than Australia. Australia is
Thursday, 20 September 2018 / Published in JGI Australia, News
A Pant-Hoot goes out to Debby Veldstra for all her support over the past 5 years. Debby was the wizard behind the info@ email and helped keep JGIA systems up and running. She helped with tours, Gift Certificates, recruiting and was always on hand to help in any way she could. “I have many fond
Saturday, 15 September 2018 / Published in News, Roots & Shoots
Using a Roots & Shoots approach, Athol Road Primary School in Victoria converted an unused area of their school into a sustainable wetland, complete with native wildlife. An area of unused land in the school was identified as the perfect opportunity for a student-led project that would benefit animals, people and/or the environment (APE). The
Thursday, 30 August 2018 / Published in Africa Programs, News, Research
This month our Africa Programs Coordinator, Natasha Coutts, attended the 27th International Primatological Society Congress in Nairobi, Kenya. Natasha presented some preliminary results from her ongoing research on the social behaviour and ecology of the chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda. These chimpanzees live at the highest known altitude for the species, which presents unique
Saturday, 25 August 2018 / Published in News, Roots & Shoots
This is the story of an 11-year-old girl inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to write a book for a science project. Paola Ion from Subiaco Primary School contacted the Roots and Shoots Program and asked us for help with her project, which was provided by our R&S National Coordinator in Perth, Mr. Bill Waterer. Paola