On Sunday, October 28, 2018, fifteen students and teachers traveled to Tainan to meet Dr. Jane Goodall on her annual trip to Taiwan to build her Roots & Shoots program supporting environment, animals and education with school students across the world. Christine Kao, Selina Fu, Yume Hsu, Yuyu Ho, Hoyoon Song, Catherine Wu, Angel Weng, Sharon Lin, Olivia Cheong, Winnie Ho, Seoyoon Song, Josie Yu and Dunja Jaric joined Dr. Teresa M. Tipton and Godfrey Semwaiko to participate in an inaugural groundbreaking ceremony for the new International Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Eco-Center build by Chang Jung Christian University in her honor. The ceremony included a welcome song from international African student drummers, speeches by Jane Goodall and dignitaries. African students studying at the university helped the tree planting ceremony dedicated to Roots & Shoots members who promised to protect the environment now and for our future grandchildren. After, we joined over 700 people present to view school performances from Roots & Shoots club students in Tainan. Our big moment came when we could present our ‘Taichung Our Home’ ebook to Jane Goodall in person before she was whisked away for her many other engagements.
As she reminded us, when we look around at what is happening in the world, we can sometimes lose hope. But it is the children whose example to protect the environment gives us hope for the future. For this reason, we take away more from her courageous example than words can express. It was a monumental moment for all of us. Thank you AST for sponsoring our journey! We hope to keep the spirit of Jane Goodall alive in our hearts and in what we say and do, how we can demonstrate care for each other and the world around us.
Courtesy of Dr. Teresa M. Tipton