I featured Jane a few months ago, Submitted October 13, 2019, when featuring the mighty three great ape heroes, Women Hero’s and the Lives of the Great Apes. After getting her Chimp compound well established and funded, Jane turned her attention to the communities in Africa that had direct contact with wildlife needs. Last week was the 50 the anniversary of Earth Day, which got its start in my home state of Washington and which I have been active in ever since. When a seed is planted, watching how it sprouts is encouraging. This was Jane’s approach, sprout seeds by educating those directly affected. No small task, to say the least.



In April 1970, millions of people around the world mobilized to demand protection of the planet we call home. That historic day gave birth to the modern environmental movement known as Earth Day, and 50 years later it’s become the planet’s largest civic event, with more than a billion people participating each year. On this momentous occasion, people worldwide would normally step outside to help clean up our planet, plant trees and restore the beauty of Earth. But this is not a normal year; this year is different — very different. While most of the world is stuck indoors, National Geographic is bringing the natural world inside to inspire hope and awe for the planet. And while the people heal, the animal world is roaming into communities usually filled with the activities of humans. Even the skies and waters have cleared and are springing back to life, And all within a month of little to no human activity.


Here are some of the ways Jane has inspired over the past half century. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996. In April 2002, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace. Goodall is also honorary member of the World Future Council.

Major Contributions: Jane Goodall is credited for her commitment to environmental and humanitarian work. She was the former president of Advocates for Animals, a body that creates awareness against negative exploitation of animals such as using animals in medical research, zoos, hard labor, and sports. She is also the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, which supports communities and encourages sustainability throughout African villages. Her work empowers young people all around the world to be mindful of the planet we call home. Jane Goodall’s trailblazing path for other women primatologists is arguably her greatest legacy. During the last third of the twentieth century, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas, Cheryl Knott, Penny Patterson and many more women have followed her. Indeed, women now dominate long-term primate behavioral studies worldwide.”


Here is info on the “Roots and Shoots Program: Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s youth-led global community action program, helps young people become the informed generation of compassionate citizens that the world urgently needs. We partner with schools, educators and youth organizations to inspire and educate young people to make a difference on an individual level. The Dreamers of Tomorrow Take Action: In 1991, a group of 12 local teenagers met with Dr. Jane Goodall on her back porch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, eager to discuss a range of problems they had witnessed in their community. Dr. Goodall was impressed by their compassion, their energy and their desire to develop a solution to problems, and it was with these young people that JGI’s Roots & Shoots was born. It was these young people that inspired Jane’s next chapter.

 Youth Who Make a Difference Lead a Movement For Good! Empowering young people to care for the world they inherit is the responsibility of every generation. Through our Roots & Shoots program, we are leading a global movement in conservation by equipping an entire generation of young people to become activated and empowered conservation minded citizens in their daily lives. Now nearly 100 countries strong and growing, Roots & Shoots is an unprecedented multiplying force in conservation and service based learning, giving young people the knowledge and confidence to act on their beliefs and make a difference by being part of something bigger than themselves.

In honor of Earth Day and Jane Goodall’s contribution to its betterment, this is a shout out to our youth who are stepping forward to help heal the planet they want to inherit. The shutdown of our normal day-to-day activities has shown us how much the earth needs us to slow down. Clearer skies, clearer waters, the sound of nature are all good things, if we just stop to smell the roses. The lesson in all of this is we are all in this together to learn to take care of one another and the planet we live on. When a seed is planted, watching how it sprouts is encouraging.



Jane Goodall, Second Act, Seeds of Hope
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