Legendary Dr. Jane Goodall to deliver WNPS Public Lecture today

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A Roots & Shoots member from Malaysia shares a moment with Dr. Jane Goodall 

Talk to focus on empowering young people to make the world a better place by caring for the world they inhabit and by living sustainable lifestyles.

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (WNPS) has announced its upcoming public lecture on 17 June at 7 p.m. via Zoom featuring world famous legend Dr Jane Goodall.

Jane Goodall Institute By Bill Wallauer

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” 

These famous lines were uttered by none other than Dr. Jane Goodall DBE – the legendary ethologist and environmentalist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. 

Jane Goodall needs no introduction in the conservation world, in July 1960, at the age of 26, she travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of the wild chimpanzees living in Gombe.

Equipped with a notebook, binoculars and a fascination with wildlife, Dr. Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through more than 60 years of ground-breaking work, she 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.  

At heart she has always been a primatologist and it was her love for apes that thrust her career into conservation, in an effort to help protect their habitat and to preserve Earth for all species.

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. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program for youth which began in 1991 has inspired millions of young people around the world and focuses on empowering young people to care for the world they inherit.

Today there are 30 Jane Goodall Institutes working to support JGI’s core programmes including TACARE a community conservation programme, two sanctuaries for orphan chimpanzees and Roots & Shoots, JGI’s environmental and humanitarian programme empowering young people of all ages to become involved in hands-on projects for their community, animals and the environment in more than 65 countries. 

Dr. Goodall has received many awards and honorary degrees, authored books for adults and children and featured in numerous documentaries and films.  She is currently working virtually from her family home in Bournemouth, UK during the pandemic, raising awareness, lecturing about her research, and telling people, in her gentle voice to “use the gift of our life to make the world a better place”.

The WNPS Public Lecture series is hosted in collaboration with its longstanding sponsors, Nations Trust Bank (NTB). 

For more details, please visit the WNPS Facebook Page or website

Dr. Jane Goodall at Gombe National Park Image by Michael Neugebauer

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