A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to be in the audience of Dr Jane Goodall’s Rewind the Future Australian Tour. GOODall by name and good by nature. She is truly inspiring.
Since her groundbreaking and, at the time controversial, field study of chimpanzees in 1960, Dr Goodall has gone on to carve out a career spanning more than five decades. She is not only a primatologist, but an activist, and not only for chimpanzees and other great apes, but for conservation more broadly and planet Earth as a whole. She truly believes that it’s all connected; that we’re all connected.
In 1977 Dr Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute and today there are more than 35 offices around the globe, including one here in Australia.
Jane Goodall Institute Australia was established in 2007 and works to promote the conservation of chimpanzees and other great apes (as our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom). Through their Roots & Shoots program they aim to empower the next generation to be socially and environmentally conscious citizens of our shared planet. The organisation hopes to:
- Foster a public understanding of the interconnection of people, animals and the environment.
- Create an ever expanding network of Australians who are inspired, engaged and empowered to become changes makers in local and global environmental and humanitarian projects.
- Increase public awareness of and support for the conservation of endangered animals in Australia.
- Increase public awareness of and support for conservation of Chimpanzees and other Great Apes.
Although it might be a small charity, so far, Jane Goodall Institute Australia have protected 3.4m hectares of habitat and ensured that more than 150 chimpanzees are cared for at a newly expanded sanctuary in Republic of Congo. And, most impressively, 500,000 young people are reached through the Australia Roots and Shoots program.
Surely, with this many young people taking an interest in conservation and sustainable living, Dr Goodall’s message is making a difference…
“Every single day you make an impact on the planet. You have a choice whether to make it positive or negative.”
We all know time is money, but how much would you spend to save our only home… planet earth? The organisation’s website currently has an interactive campaign to encourage people to donate 58 minutes of their time to rewind the doomsday clock before it’s too late.
Calculate what 58 minutes of your time is worth and get involved to save our planet here.
This Thank You Thursday we send our biggest thanks to Dr Goodall for her dedication and commitment to making our world truly a better place. And to those working toward the same mission at the Jane Goodall Institute Australia and around the world. Like Jane said… ‘Together we can. Together we will.‘
See you in the pond,
The Fish Chick.