Jane Goodall (00:00):
Hello, Hopecasters. I wonder if you can recognize my voice. It’s Jane Goodall. It was in December of 2020 that we introduced the first season of the Hopecast to a world struggling through one of the worst pandemics in all our time… a time when hope is needed most. We’re still struggling with the pandemic. We still need hope. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I’d been traveling 300 days a year for almost 40 years to spread a message of hope and to assure people that every individual can make a difference every day. When the world stopped, I knew I needed a new way to connect with people to share a message of hope… and as I started to become virtual Jane, we created the Hopecast and reached you, our Hopecasters. Traveling for as long as I did and meeting people all around the world, I know that my reasons for hope are real.
Jane Goodall (01:12):
The resilience of nature, the indomitable human spirit, the tremendous human intellect, and the momentum and courage of young people who are making a difference… who are rising up to tackle and solve the problems we’ve created for them. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the Hopecast is more than just a podcast, for every episode is a conversation with a person from a different background with a different story and a different perspective… and we always celebrated our joint reasons to hope. What began as a way to bridge the gap of connection caused by this pandemic… a pandemic that was caused by our broken relationship with nature, by the way… it has turned into a global movement, with listeners from 131 countries tuning in every month and 200,000 downloads. This is what happens when we build a community that believes every individual has a role to play, and that we can turn hope into action to build a better world for people, animals, and the planet. In the first season of the Hopecast, I spoke with extraordinary people who dedicated their lives to helping people, animals, and the planet.
Dave Matthews (02:43):
You always have brought hope to me, just like you bring hope to millions of people around the world.
Emmanuel Mtiti (02:49):
We just see to the community. They tell us what to do, and we just follow their way.
Razan Al Mubarak (02:53):
Your message, it’s universal. It sees us all as humans.
Genesis Butler (02:57):
We want a planet to live on for not only our generation, but we want a thriving planet for future generations.
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (03:03):
If we could actually dream up a better way, what would it look like?
Craig Foster (03:08):
There are millions and millions of wild souls just waiting to do their own thing.
Jane Goodall (03:18):
And what I thought I had lost, and that is an ability to connect with people meaningfully, individually… I gained in a new way through our mailbag episodes. In these episodes, the thoughts, questions, and reasons for hope submitted by Hopecasters from every corner of our planet have helped me to realize that these conversations are interesting and beneficial to many people everywhere.
Hopecaster: Selena Marwaha (03:48):
It’s not too late…
Hopecaster: Ricardo (03:50):
… to live a more sustainable life.
Hopecaster: Shubh (03:52):
It’s given us reverence and sense of responsibility to do what we can for nature.
Hopecaster: Shreya Chauduri (03:57):
Ensuring that everyone loves nature as a part of their family can encourage them to give back, to support the ground that lifts them up.
Hopecaster: Maria Valencia (04:04):
To connect, to reflect, to love, and to protect.
Hopecaster: Olivia Mandle Navarro (04:07):
You are more than inspiration. You are the voice of hope.
Jane Goodall (04:12):
Threats to our planet may grow, but our Hopecast community grows stronger every day. And this is yet another reason to hope. There’s so much more to do, but together, we can do it. Join me as the Hopecast returns with new episodes. What is your greatest reason for hope?