There are many Malibu citizens who are taking action and have given an enormous amount of positive energy to try to build and maintain our planet’s resources. They question, build networks, research projects, demand responsibility, and give what it takes. We talked to six Malibuites about what they do and why.


Gloria VanSanten has worked tirelessly with children within the Malibu community as a parent volunteer coordinator of a Roots and Shoots chapter she, along with other local parents began in 1999. Roots and Shoots, an organization originally created by primatologist Jane Goodall, has grown into a global network of youth taking action to make the world a better place.


Inspired while reading Goodall’s “Reason for Hope,” VanSanten works to instill hope, believing if everybody just did their part and helped a little, then the world would be a better place. Educating the youth can get them to feel like they can make a difference, she said.


Jennifer Waterhouse Pietro is a fourth-generation Southern Californian and is director of development for the non profit organization Reef Check Foundation. An avid scuba diver, she took her eleven-year old daughter beyond the reef in Hawaii for the first time last year, where they shared magical moments observing sea turtles feeding, and she knew she “could not let this experience of the reef life ever go away.


Malibu Times Magazine, 9/07


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CARLA FISCHER

MALIBUITES

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From left:  Gloria VanSanten, Kiri VanSanten, Sam Kaplan, Jane Goodall, Kristen Pietro and Ysidora Bravo at a Roots and Shoots meeting in Malibu.

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