Tapestry of Hope

More than 1,700 local service projects together form a Tapestry of Hope for a sustainable future. Click the tabs below to further explore…

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  • In 1991, a group of 12 Tanzanian youth met with Dr. Jane Goodall on her porch in Dar es Salaam to discuss problems they witnessed in their community and what they could do to address them. It was with these young people that Roots & Shoots was born. Today, the Roots & Shoots network spans the globe. This map represents more than 1700 of their local service projects that when woven together, creates a tapestry of real change.

  • In 2010, Sylvia Earle formed Mission Blue with the goal of protecting the Ocean aka Hope Spots. Some Hope Spots are already formally protected, while others still need defined protection. About 12% of the land around the world is now under some form of protection (as national parks, world heritage sites, monuments, etc.), while less than 4% of the ocean is protected in any way. Mission Blue is committed to changing this. Networks of marine protected areas maintain healthy biodiversity, provide a carbon sink, generate life-giving oxygen, preserve critical habitat and allow low-impact activities like ecotourism to thrive.