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It was a great honour for me to be a United Nations Messenger of Peace along with Elie Wiesel. Having survived the horrors of the Nazi death camps that killed his father, and almost killed him, it would be understandable if thoughts of hatred and a desire for revenge had coloured the rest of his life. Instead he spoke, along with Nelson Mandela, of the need for forgiveness. I heard him speak twice to the young people of different nationalities gathered on International Day of Peace at the UN headquarters in New York. And on both occasions they listened with…

Endangered Species Day is on its way! Falling on Friday, May 20, Endangered Species day is a time people should focus on learning about endangered animal populations, the threats that they are facing, and what we can do to help! To get our supporters talking about this special day, the Jane Goodall Institute has collected several stories about different endangered species. Grizzly Bears: They Still Need to be Protected North American grizzly bears were once hunted to near extinction. Thanks to protections provided under the Endangered Species Act, their populations have been allowed to recover, though they have not yet…

Last year, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service ruled that all chimpanzees, wild and captive, will be classified as endangered. This was a departure from their previous ruling, which only listed wild chimpanzees as endangered. Captive chimpanzees in the US enjoyed no such protection, and could legally be subjected to lonely, painful lives as invasive research subjects and entertainers. The new ruling from the Service makes it much more difficult to keep chimpanzees in such horrific conditions, and was a decision lauded by Dr. Goodall. After the ruling, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) subsequently decided to retire all…

Forests provide billions of humans and animals with shelter and food. They clean the air we that we breathe and provide us with an amazing array of resources, from fuel to medicine. Today on Arbor Day, the Jane Goodall Institute and people all over the world will reflect on the state of forests and trees in our planet, and find ways to help curb the rapid and destructive deforestation that is found all over the globe. Deforestation in the Congo Basin is one of the biggest threats facing chimpanzees today, and could be leading to their extinction. Logging and mining operations…

Recently, Zen Pencils, a cartoon blog by Gavin Aung Than, published, The Power of One, a new comic using words from Dr. Jane Goodall and her now well known Reasons for Hope. In The Power of One, at some point in the future, readers are shown scenes of how one human’s ingenuity helps make the world better place. These scenes are narrated, in a way, by Dr. Goodall’s own words. By the time readers are finished experiencing The Power of One they can see how Gavin brings his art together with Dr. Goodall’s words to create one breathtaking and hope-giving experience.…