Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is one of the planet's great environmental custodians. 60 years after first visiting Tanzania to study chimpanzees, her sustainability work continues today with the same vigour.

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Jane Goodall's Biography

Jane Goodall is a godmother to today's climate activists. The world's foremost primatologist, her influence reaches far beyond this specialist field. Goodall is an idol for all environmentalists working to put planetary health at the centre of policy.

Goodall's journey started in Tanzania. Fascinated by animals from an early age and inspired by stories like Tarzan and Dr. Doolittle, she went to East Africa to study chimpanzees. Her research there revolutionised primatology and redefined the relationship between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. Goodall was also instrumental in breaking down the gender barriers that existed in science. One of very few women then, the field of primatology is almost evenly split today.

Goodall stunned fellow researchers as an autodidact. Deeply impressed with her work, they arranged funding for her to study at the University of Cambridge. There, Jane Goodall completed a PhD in ethology.

In 1977 Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). The foundation aims to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It has since launced Roots & Shoots, a global youth program providing environmental education.

Today Goodall continues to fight for animal welfare and protecting ecosystems. She hosts the Jane Goodall Hopecast podcast where she spreads awareness of the climate crisis and advocates for change. She collaborates with global leaders like Marc Benioff to address climate issues. They are instrumental in supporting the World Economic Forum's Trillion Tree Campaign.

An accomplished author and the subject of many documentaries, Goodall's contributions have earned her accolades like the Medal of Tanzania, the Kyoto Prize and the UN Messenger of Peace title. Knighted as a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2004, Goodall also received France's highest recognition, the Legion of Honor, in 2006.

Jane Goodall is a global icon and an inspirational figure in the conservation and sustainbility movements.


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