We Are Global Citizens


Picture it: Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers, The Chainsmokers, Pharrell Williams, and Dr. Jane all hanging out…no, standing up. The stage is theirs (and ours and YOURS) at Global Citizens Festival 2017…to stand up for freedom, for justice, for all.

Global Citizen Week kicked off on Sunday, September 17 which marked the start of a weeklong celebration of advocacy, action, and justice culminating in the Global Citizens Festival in Central Park on Saturday, September 23. All week long, young activists participated in events ranging from musical performances and meditation sessions to conferences and panels…all with the goal of showing how the power of an individual can make a difference in the fight to end extreme poverty.

Global citizens have an impact on ending extreme poverty through the actions they take. The effects of small actions are not always obvious, but by working together specific and tangible outcomes are achieved. Global citizens’ voices influence world leaders and decision makers, and contribute to shaping our world.

On stage at the Global Citizens Festival and everywhere else she goes, Dr. Jane’s message is clear: what you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Social media can be a powerful tool to connect us and create change. Answer Dr. Jane’s call to action! Pledge to do something for people, animals, or the environment and share your pledge on social media with the hashtag #HopeinAction. We are powerful together.

It is your passion and courage to bring change that gives Dr. Jane, and many others, hope for the future. Turn your hope into action:

The Global Citizen Festival is an example of hundreds of thousands of young people, adults, celebrities, and world leaders coming together to stand up for what’s important to them. These are the great numbers and powerful voices that represent the “roots” and “shoots” that Dr. Jane says can break through all of the problems our world is facing and make this a better world. Dr. Jane is a global citizen. Roots & Shootsers are global citizens. YOU are a global citizen and everything you do makes a difference.


The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference.

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About Author

Adrienne earned a master of science degree in anthrozoology (the study of human-animal interactions) from Canisius College in 2014 where she also completed her undergraduate studies in political science. She has worked with the Jane Goodall Institute's youth program, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots since 2011. Adrienne has served for the past two years as their Program Coordinator. In addition, she has been involved with TEDxBuffalo, WNY's independently organized TEDx event, since 2012 and served as the director of the event in 2014 and 2015.