My passion for global education and my love for Africa started when I was so fortunate as to meet Dr. Jane Goodall several years ago. While Dr. Jane is best known for her work with the chimpanzees in Gombe, Tanzania in Africa over forty years ago, she is also well-known in many other ways. One of the most important honors that has been bestowed on Dr. Jane (of many such honors) is that as a United Nations' Messenger of Peace. Dr. Jane travels over 300 days a year, and her passions for the environment, animals, the human community, and peace are the forces that drive her. Dr. Jane believes that it is the youth of today who will make a real difference in tomorrow's world. With that in mind, she created Roots & Shoots, which is her educational outreach for youth (and adults as well). Dr. Jane believes that we can all make a difference in this world. She also believes that KNOWLEDGE (of other cultures, problems, etc.) will lead to COMPASSION and understanding, which will then lead to ACTION to help with the problems of which we are aware. So, Dr. Jane and her work and her staff have inspired me over the past several years as I am fortuante enough to continue working with her. You may read more about her at the URL's below: http://www.janegoodall.org http://www.rootsandshoots.org That is what has inspired me. Who or what has inspired you? J.