A World of Good: EARTH DAY 2020


Earth Day is finally here! Every year on April 22nd, we celebrate our shared planetary home, the birth of the modern environmental movement, and take action to protect natural resources and species. This year we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and we’re definitely going BIG for our big beautiful blue planet. There are so many incredible things happening and ways to get involved!

‘Jane Goodall: The Hope’

Join us for the premiere of ‘Jane Goodall: The Hope’ on National Geographic Channel, Disney+ and Hulu on April 22nd, Earth Day, 9/8c!

Host a Virtual Watch Party

We can’t wait for you to join us in watching this brand-new documentary! Share your excitement and experience with others by hosting a virtual watch party. Everything you need to get started below:

Where to Watch After the Premiere: Stream on Disney+ and Hulu. The documentary will also be available on the Nat Geo app online as well as by cable providers on demand, and April 23rd for purchase via Amazon, Apple TV and Google Movies. It will be available on DVD in June. 

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Join me in watching the premiere of ‘Jane Goodall:The Hope’ on #EarthDay April 22nd at 9/8c, exploring the living legacy of @janegoodall – scientist, activist and changemaker created in partnership with @janegoodallinst on @national geographic channel and @disneyplus ! Check out this JGI virtual watch party toolkit to get started.  LINK  #janethehope


Join me in watching ‘Jane Goodall:The Hope’ on #EarthDay April 22nd, at 9/8c exploring the living legacy of @janegoodallinst – scientist, activist & changemaker created in partnership w. JGI on @NatGeoChannel & @disneyplus . Get started here: LINK #janethehope

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Where the 2017 documentary ‘JANE’ ends, this new film begins, showcasing the progression and transformation Jane undertook from scientist to activist. This new documentary special covers how these realizations forever altered her trajectory and moved her to create community-centered conservation programs through JGI, known as Tacare (now active in six African countries and growing across chimpanzee range) — and to improve the well-being of chimpanzees in captivity and at sanctuaries such as the Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of the Congo. The special also covers the creation of JGI’s Roots & Shoots youth program that now has thousands of members in 60 countries all around the globe involved in hands-on projects to help people, other animals and the environment. ‘THE HOPE‘ will also depict her impressive mission to ignite positive change globally, causing her to travel nearly 300 days a year and to speak out on a number of major issues ranging from human rights to the climate crisis. Told through a combination of archival footage, present-day stories and on-camera interviews, ‘JANE GOODALL: THE HOPE’ is an inspirational story that explores Goodall’s vast living legacy and charts the many paths that stem from one woman’s hope for a better future.

‘Becoming Jane’ Virtual Museum Walk-Through

Unfortunately, during the last several weeks, many institutions have closed to flatten the curve of COVID-19. On March 13, 2020, National Geographic Museum made the decision to temporarily close, including our current exhibition, “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” produced in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute. While we understand that this may be disappointing to some, the health, safety and well-being of our community comes first. But with new barriers comes new opportunities to share the exhibit virtually…and now you can!

The story of Dr. Jane Goodall—DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace—is a story of extraordinary scientific achievement and inspiration. “Becoming Jane,” showcases Dr. Goodall’s life and legacy and underscores her message of hope, compassion, and altruism. One of Jane’s greatest reasons for hope is the indomitable human spirit. As Dr. Goodall recently said in a video message on her Facebook page


Roots & Shoots Earth Day Challenge

Nearly 2,000 participants have joined us in creating a more sustainable world for all ahead of Earth Day through the Roots & Shoots Earth Day Challenge!

Each day for five days (with two supplemental actions) participants of the Earth Day Challenge have received one action (via email) focusing on one aspect of daily behavior that can be modified to reduce waste and emissions, increase sustainable habits, and inspire others to do the same! The Challenge began April 16 building toward Earth Day, April 22! The challenge is already under way but all the activities will live on our Earth Day Challenge page for anyone to do.

*All elements of this Challenge have been created to focus on 1) understanding limitations for participants during stressful times of COVID-19 and financial limitations 2) social distancing protocols and need to participate from home*

Give to JGI

Jane and the Jane Goodall Institute need your help.

As we face the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, JGI staff are working tirelessly to ensure the health and well-being of the chimpanzees in our care, as well as wild chimpanzees (as they are also potentially susceptible to the disease), to continue our support for human communities with which we work, and the young people we’ve empowered through Roots & Shoots. This is an unprecedented spring and our ability to act to save lives depends upon the generosity and support of the whole JGI family.

For those who have recently given, thank you. If you haven’t had the opportunity, please do so.


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

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.