Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute visited ACS Athens early December during her “Reasons to Hope” Tour in Greece.
In her speech, the world-renowned and award-winning scientist called everyone to action: “I have been looking at the fabulous projects of the Roots and Shoots groups. I would like to congratulate everybody for the work you are doing for making the world a better place. For those not involved in Roots and Shoots, I hope you will become members. Our programme exists currently in 80 countries and is like a growing family all around the world. The most important message of Roots and Shoots is that every single one of you has a special role to play in this life, even if you may not yet know what it is and every single one matters in the scheme of things. Every single one of you makes an impact on this planet every single day and you have a choice as to what kind of impact you make: you are either going to make things better or you do not care.” Dr. Goodall finally urged the student audience: “Go on, carry on doing good things, making the world a better place, bringing smiles to people’s faces, making little dogs wag their tails, watering little plants. “
Dr. Goodall’s visit to Athens this December was organized by her official office in Greece: Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Greece, with the support of the organization “Save a Greek Stray”, Pallas Theater, the British Council Greece and the “Science Communication (Sci Co)”
Organization, with the support of the British Embassy and the sponsorship of American Community Schools(ACS Athens) and St. George Lycabettus Hotel.
About Dr. Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall Bio -Short Version Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute UN Messenger of Peace
Jane Goodall was born on April 3, 1934, in London England. At the young age of 26, she followed her passion for animals and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania, where she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild-immersing herself in their habitat as a neighbor rather than a distant observer. Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals.
In 1977,she established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to advance her work around the world and for generations to come. JGI continues the field research at Gombe and builds on Dr. Goodall’s innovative approach to conservation, which recognizes the central role that people play in the well-being of animals and the environment. In 1991,she founded Roots &Shoots, a global program that guides young people in nearly 100 countries in becoming conservation activists and leaders in their daily lives.
Today, Dr. Goodall travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises and her reasons for hope. In her books and speeches, she emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and the collective power of individual action. Dr.Goodall is a UN Messenger of Peace and Dame Commander of the British Empire.
For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org
About Roots & Shoots: www.rootsandshoots.gr for anyone in Greece and www.rootsandshoots.orgforanyone in the US.