Hope For the Planet on World Environment Day


Hope in Action

jane hia 1 creditThe power of a single story is immeasurable. When a young 26 year old woman from England traveled to Tanzania to study wild animals and share their stories, she transformed our understanding of our relationship to non-human animals, and what was possible for a woman in science, or in general. The reverberations of her story have echoed endlessly and caused the emergence of millions of other bold, unstoppable women.

In Honor of the Jane Goodall Institute’s 40th anniversary, the Hope in Action campaign calls upon people everywhere who have been inspired in some way by Dr. Goodall’s message of hope, to share their stories. We want to celebrate all of you who are leaders and drivers of conservation, environmentalism, innovation and positivity, making the world better for people, animals, and the environment. You move us, and it’s time to show the world what the future of green looks like!

How to put your hope into action:

Hope In Action_AdTo submit, simply click here and fill out the form with all the details of your tale of achievements for the benefit of people, animals, and the environment.

The stories we’ve already received are remarkable, demonstrating how Dr. Goodall’s inner peace and message of hope has transformed our connection to the natural world. For World Environment Day, we want to provide you with a window into how profoundly Dr. Goodall’s voice has helped shaped the landscape of people working toward a greener #TomorrowandBeyond. Dr. Goodall has written multiple books discussing her absolute fondness for nature and the necessity of protecting ecosystems, including Seeds of Hope and has written that “The forest is for me a temple — a cathedral of tree canopies and dancing light.” For all those doing things every day on every scale – to stop pollution, protect forests, prevent erosion, and all other efforts to save the environment – we see and appreciate you! With your stories, we can create a movement of individuals just as propelled by a passion for the environment and conviction to act.

As Dr. Goodall began as one person with a mesmerizing story of perseverance, kindness and brilliance, so each of your stories begin. There’s no telling who they will inspire, or how that inspiration will transform the world creating a brighter future for all living things!

Cami Sylvester

“When I was a freshmen, I learned about Roots & Shoots. I was so intrigued about Dr. Goodall’s work, I joined my Roots & Shoots club the next year! I loved working on projects to make a difference in the environment and my community. I was inspired by the fact that everything she does affects young people like me around the world.”

Peter McLean

“I’ve always been inspired by Jane…in my high school environmental science class, in hearing Dr. Goodall speak at Sweet Briar College in the early 80s…to my friendship of celebrated sculptor Bart Walter (with have miniatures of his life sized chimps commissioned by Dr. Goodall) to reading her books and articles and learning of her remarkable generosity…to help us better understand chimps, ourselves and all life forms.

Her unprecedented lifelong study of chimps inspired me to get a Ph.D. in ecology as part of a longterm study of black bears of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Every day, I teach awareness and appreciation of that natural world; there is no more important mission especially in a world challenged like in no other time in its history.I advise active environmental stewards here at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware. Tomorrow, for example, stewards are coordinating a petition to rally around a moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River watershed. I’ve been teaching biology and environmental science for over 30 years, and every year we read Through a Window; my students and everyone need to understand the remarkable contributions of this remarkable woman.”

Ashley Ashworth

“When I was around 8 years old I found out about Dr. Goodall and the work she does for our environment. I learned about her passion for animals and her drive to help all of them and their environments.

I’m currently in college now majoring in environmental science. I hope one day I can make an impact like she has.”

Robert Worrell

“I read ‘Harvest for Hope’ in high school and it completely changed my view not only of food, but of the interconnectedness that animals must bear with humans. I immediately became a stalwart vegetarian and began educating myself further about the environment. Passion and perseverance must pay off, because, as of a month ago, my strengthening commitment to the natural world became manifest in a position with the National Audubon Society! I owe much of my love of the earth and its creatures to Dr. Goodall, and plan to make my life’s work the healing of the planet and the promotion of its welfare.

Action starts with education, and I began by reading environmental literature, taking environmental courses, and becoming aware of the issues facing us today around the globe. I now have the opportunity–indeed, the honor–to take actions everyday as an employee of the National Audubon Society.”

Amelia Welborn

“When my mom started reading me stories about Dr. Goodall and how she studied chimps and helped protect them. I was 5 when I first started leaning about how she has helped the environment.

I have started a club in my community called The Triple Wing Club. We help to build bird and bat houses, and also plant native plates to help bees and butterflies. I have been able to get 8 other kids and their families involved, and more want to join. We have already shared 10 Eastern Bluebird houses free of charge to families with information on house monitoring to discourage invasive species. Next we are planting flowers and then placing at houses. Roots and Shoots have me a mini grant that I have used to gather materials and information on how to map my impact.”

About Author

Ashley Sullivan is the Director of Storytelling & Marketing for Communications & Partnerships at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Jane Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission to create a better world for all by protecting the interconnections between people, other animals, and the environment. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and a minor in Biology, and is pursuing a Master's of Science in Environmental Science & Policy at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Environmental Justice. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, now a D.C. resident, she has a varied background including 10+ years of expert communications and digital marketing in the social and environmental non-profit sector. Her intersectional approach to this work has been shaped by a holistic world-view, having traveled to Madagascar and Ecuador for conservation research projects, leading communications for youth social justice filmmaking organizations, and as a part of several professional groups advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in environmental spaces including Greens REALIGN. With skills ranging from conservation fieldwork, policy and advocacy campaigns, strategic communications, art, digital media, and design, Ashley believes in sharing information to empower and in the magic of storytelling to transform hearts and minds. Through growing understanding, empathy, and justice, she is igniting positive change to create that better, more equitable world, every day.