In an extraordinary public event, Dr. Jane Goodall will reflect on her work advocating for animal welfare and conservation and share her views on the threats facing animals, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope—including her experience inspiring and engaging youth through her global service program Roots & Shoots.
Through more than 50 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.
In 1991, Goodall founded Roots & Shoots, a global youth service program designed to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment.
During the Conversation, Dr. Goodall will inspire the world’s next generation to create positive change for a secure and sustainable future. She will be joined for this segment by special guest Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute.
ICV is pleased to present A Conversation with Jane Goodall in partnership with The Franklin Institute of Philadelphia, one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country. We will host a VIP brunch for philanthropists, followed by a lecture and dynamic dialogue.
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“There is still a window of time. Nature can win if we give her a chance.”
– Dr. Jane Goodall
In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees.
Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through more than 50 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. Today she travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees and environmental crises, urging each of us to take action on behalf of all living things and planet we share.
“A sense of calm came over me. More and more often I found myself thinking, this is where I belong. This is what I came into this world to do.”
– Dr. Jane Goodall
Scientist: Early Discoveries
When Jane Goodall entered the forest of Gombe, the world knew very little about chimpanzees, and even less about their unique genetic kinship to humans. She took an unorthodox approach in her field research, immersing herself in their habitat and their lives to experience their complex society as a neighbor rather than a distant observer and coming to understand them not only as a species, but also as individuals with emotions and long-term bonds. Dr. Jane Goodall’s discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools is considered one of the greatest achievements of twentieth-century scholarship. Her field research at Gombe transformed our understanding of chimpanzees and redefined the relationship between humans and animals in ways that continue to emanate around the world.
Conservationist: A New Way Forward
On the path to becoming the world’s leading primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall redefined traditional conservation. In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to support the research in Gombe and scale up the protection of chimpanzees in their habitats. In the late 1980s, it became clear that Gombe was only part of the solution to a much bigger, rapidly growing problem of deforestation and declining chimpanzee populations across Africa. Knowing that local communities are key to protecting chimpanzees, she redefined traditional conservation with an approach that recognizes the central role people play in the well-being of animals and habitat. In 1991, when a group of young people confided their own deep concerns, she invited them to co-found Roots & Shoots, a program at work with young people in 100 countries to foster the informed generation of conservation leaders our world so urgently needs.
Peacemaker: A Global Force for Compassion and Action
Today, Dr. Jane Goodall travels around the world, writing, speaking and spreading hope through action, encouraging each of us to “use the gift of our life to make the world a better place. “As a conservationist, humanitarian and crusader for the ethical treatment of animals, she is a global force for compassion and a UN Messenger of Peace.
Mentor: Inspiring Passion and Purpose
Every day, Dr. Jane Goodall exemplifies the difference one person can make. Over the years, her groundbreaking research at Gombe has attracted many women, who were nearly absent from the field of primatology when she began. Today, women lead the field of long-term primate behavioral studies around the world. She also inspires hundreds of thousands of young people to take action in their own lives and communities through the Roots & Shoots youth program. Now 100 countries strong and growing, Roots & Shoots is an unprecedented multiplying force in conservation, giving young people the knowledge and confidence to act on their beliefs and make a difference by being part of something bigger than themselves.
From the day she began her legendary chimpanzee research in Gombe, Jane Goodall took an unorthodox approach to her subjects. She immersed herself in their forest habitat with the fresh perspective of a mind uncluttered by academia. She set a new standard for the study of apes in the wild, experiencing their complex society as a fellow neighbor rather than a remote observer, and coming to know and interact with them as individuals over many years.
With open eyes and an open mind, Dr. Jane Goodall made discoveries that rocked the scientific world, forever changing the way we look at our closest living relatives—and ourselves.
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“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”
– Dr. Jane Goodall
The revolutionary discoveries that Dr. Goodall made through her field work with chimpanzees are a wonder of the scientific world. Her findings suggest that many behaviors once thought to be exclusively human may have been inherited from common ancestors that we shared with chimpanzees millions of years ago. The more we discover about these kindred beings, the deeper our insight into what it means to be human.
Photo credits on this page, top to bottom and left to right: Hugo van Lawick; JGI/Bill Wallauer; JGI Fernando Turmo; Richard Koburg.
Timeline: The Jane Goodall Institute (Continued)
It’s amazing what happens when people see the difference they can make. The Jane Goodall Institute focuses on tangible successes that give people reason to hope—and act—for a better world. In East Africa and the Congo Basin, The Jane Goodall Institute works with local communities to address their needs and minimize the underlying threats to chimpanzee habitats in the surrounding area.
Once people realize their power to make a difference in the lives of their families, communities and environment, there’s no going back—only forward. The Jane Goodall Institute helps one success lead to another as we build on the impact we’re making together: restoring critical habitat to save chimpanzees from extinction; improving health for women and education for girls; cultivating local livelihoods in harmony with nature; and helping young people become the informed generation of conservation leaders the world so urgently needs through our Roots & Shoots youth programs in nearly 100 countries.
From the beginning, science has been core to the Jane Goodall Institute’s work. We continue to build on the legendary scientific contributions of Dr. Jane Goodall with our field research at Gombe, our chimpanzee sanctuary in Tchimpounga, and community-centered conservation work around the world. Each advance we make in the use of science and technology illuminates new next steps and allows us to better protect the web of life that connects all living things.
Today, we’re using science and technology in ways that were impossible only a decade ago. We hone in on locations for conservation, assess the state of habitat, and track progress in restoring the land to viable chimpanzee habitat.
Leading the World’s Longest-Running Chimpanzee Field ResearchJGI’s research continues the world’s longest-running field research on chimpanzees, which Dr. Goodall began in Gombe in 1960. Today, our work at Gombe expands on the largest scientific knowledge base on chimpanzees, serving primatologists around the world. This research provides ever-new insight into the daily lives of chimpanzees, and has developed a deep knowledge of the lives and behavior of over 200 chimps since Jane’s early work in it’s over 55 years of study. Our research plays a unique role in understanding our closest living relatives, providing essential information for the conservation of chimpanzees and contributing to a myriad of other scientific discoveries that benefit humans and chimpanzees alike.
New Insight into Protecting Chimpanzees
At our sanctuary in Tchimpounga, our research on chimpanzees in captivity provides new insights into how chimpanzees orphaned by poaching and trafficking can reclaim their lives and learn to live in healthy, functioning communities. We allow limited non-invasive chimpanzee research at Tchimpounga that contributes to advances in their care.
The more we learn about our closest living relatives, the better we can protect them from extinction—and the more we discover about ourselves and our place in the world.
A Scientific Revolution in Local Conservation, Local Control
True to the visionary work of our founder, JGI puts people at the center of conservation. We make innovative use of advanced science and technology to help local communities identify their needs and develop conservation action plans (CAPs) they can implement with success. Over the years, Dr. Goodall developed an ethic of scientific-based decision-making to make use of tools and protocols that raise the bar in conservation. These tools and practices provide the accurate, up-to-date information local communities need to create, monitor and evaluate their own conservation action plans.
Every day, new uses of science and technology lead to conservation successes that were once impossible. Our Conservation Science team uses leading-edge technologies, such as geospatial mapping and machine learning, to find the solutions that our on-the-ground practitioners need to conserve and protect critical habitat for chimpanzees and other great apes. For example, through advances in remote sensing and cloud computing satellite imagery, we can give communities a detailed overview of chimpanzee habitats with the resolution needed to inform specific conservation decisions.
Building Grassroots Power and Global Support
Emerging technology lets us measure and communicate a community’s conservation gains in ways that build understanding and support. We democratize information by using technology and crowd-sourced data that give local people unprecedented access to relevant information and the power to connect around shared concerns. By putting useful information in the hands of local decision-makers, we help communities take ownership of conservation strategies for generations to come.
It’s our experience that partnerships based in science and technology can act as a powerful multiplying force for change at the grassroots level. We develop and share science-based protocols useful to other conservation practitioners, scientists and concerned individuals around the world, including NASA—expanding our sphere of impact to improve the conservation of primates and other endangered species. Such partnerships point to the future of JGI, increasing our capacity to solve pressing needs and achieve conservation successes together.
“If each of us does our part, all the pieces of the puzzle come together and the world is a better place because of you.”
– Dr. Jane Goodall
For a sustainable future where rainforests can thrive and provide homes for primates, and where hope and joy can shine in the faces of children who live without fear of war, higher levels of international cooperation are needed. Science and technology have granted us unprecedented power to alter the environment and build weapons of unimaginable destructive capacity. Yet we also have the ability to govern our own ingenuity with the reigns of law, guided by universally recognized human values. We are faced with threats to human survival. We simply must protect the global commons, the living systems upon which civilization depends – oceans, rainforests, and climate – and eliminate nuclear weapons. Challenges that threaten humanity’s health require innovative responses and insights. The power of collaboration can ensure a prosperous future. Dr. Jane and Jonathan discuss the nature of the challenges we face today, and how to respond to and contain these threats.
Jonathan Granoff, President of Global Security Institute, is a former professor of international law, and serves as a Senior Advisor and Special Representative to the United Nations for the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. He is the Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, and Ambassador for Peace and Security of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He focuses his advocacy efforts on the legal, moral, political and spiritual dimensions of peace with a particular emphasis on the rule of law and the elimination of nuclear weapons. He serves on numerous advisory and governing boards such as the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security at the UN, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Middle Powers Initiative, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, and the Jane Goodall Institute.
Jonathan is a Fellow in the World Academy of Arts and Science and recipient of numerous awards such as the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award of Rutgers University School of Law. Mr. Granoff is the award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has articles in more than 50 publications and books including: The Sovereignty Revolution, Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Imagining Tomorrow, Analyzing Moral Issues, Perspectives on 911, Toward a World In Balance, Reverence for Life Revisited, and Hold Hope, Wage Peace. He has been a featured guest and expert commentator on hundreds of radio and television programs, and testified as an expert in the US Congress, Parliaments of the UK and Canada, and at the UN numerous times. He has represented the Nobel Laureate organization the International Peace Bureau at Nobel Laureate Summits and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
“Jonathan works tirelessly to strengthen global security and to make our world a safer place for all. As President of the Global Security he has furthered the work of the late Sen. Alan Cranston and he deserves many accolades – may he NEVER give up his many endeavours for peace. I am proud to call him my friend.” – Dr. Jane Goodall
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Dr. Jane Goodall went into the forest to study the remarkable lives of chimpanzees—and she came out of the forest to save them. When she discovered that the survival of their species was threatened by habitat destruction and illegal trafficking, she developed a breakthrough approach to species conservation that improves the lives of people, animals and the environment by honoring their connectedness to each other. In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to ensure that her vision and life’s work continue to mobilize the collective power of individual action to save the natural world we all share. Your support helps us advance Jane’s vision and work around the world as a force of compassion for all living things.
The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, the organization’s founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall to lead a movement of conservation for the common good—one that builds on our connections to each other, our fellow species, and the natural world we all share. Following in the trailblazing footsteps of Jane Goodall, the JGI inspires hope through action, encouraging individuals around the world to participate in taking care of the planet we call home. Whether the JGI is restoring chimpanzee habitat, improving women’s health in a nearby village, or working with its Roots & Shoots youth groups in nearly 100 countries, the JGI finds practical ways to make the greatest lasting impact for people, animals and the environment.
With your support, The Jane Goodall Institute can protect chimpanzees, conserve critical habitat while strengthening surrounding communities, and empower the next generation of conservation leaders.
Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is a youth service program for young people of all ages. Our mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment.
Leaders from the playground to the boardroom hold the key to shaping the world. To make the world a better place, we have to change the way we make decisions. We need leaders who care about how their actions affect the world we all share.
Roots & Shoots empowers young people (like YOU) to become the type of leaders who will make right choices to build a better world. Through the program, youth lead local change through service while developing skills and traits of compassionate leaders.
“Every individual makes a difference. You have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
– Dr. Jane Goodall
Hundreds of thousands of Roots & Shoots members all over the world are working to improve their communities and be the kinds of leaders that our world needs. Together, the actions taken by each individual weave together to create a tapestry of hope…a powerful ripple of change. Join Roots & Shoots in its mission!
Jane Goodall continues to study and write about primate behavior. She founded the Gombe Stream Research Center in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wild Life Research, Education, and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. She is the author of many books, including two autobiographies in letters, Africa in My Blood and Beyond Innocence. Today Dr. Goodall spends much of her time lecturing, sharing her message of hope for the future, and encouraging young people to make a difference in their world.