Browsing: Hope In Action

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged each of us in ways that we couldn’t have expected; schools were shut down, programs were canceled, and young people everywhere had to find new ways of standing up together for what they believe in. We are so proud of our Roots & Shoots members for showing their adaptability during these strange times by continuing to create positive impact in their communities. That’s the incredible power of hope—it keeps us moving forward, even when the light at the end of the tunnel seems impossible to reach. Roots & Shoots project Neighborhood Trash Clean Up One achievement we are really proud of from the past…

At the 2020 World Economic Forum, Dr. Goodall announced her commitment to the Trillion Tree campaign of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) of contributing five million trees (by protection, planting, and/or restoration) through JGI and partnerships. From forests to the individual tree, plants are the “root” of our planet’s health and survival. Trees and other plants have the power to draw down from our atmosphere carbon dioxide (CO2), a heat-trapping gas released through human activities like burning fossil fuels and deforestation. By trapping CO2, forests and green spaces can be one of our greatest solutions in fighting climate change (U.S. Forest Service).…

You pick up your phone, open a social media app, and what do you see? Maybe you scroll through images of friends hanging out, foodies sharing their meals, or a viral video. But beyond what seems like superficial content, what we observe on social media influences what we consider important and the way we act. As much as online spaces shape us, it’s clear that though it can be harmful, it can also be used for good. To that end, digital activism has become a popular way for individuals to spread information, encourage action, and connect with like-minded people. This form of activism may include everything from signing online petitions to posting social media content that inspires peers. Dr.…

This year, JGI’s Roots & Shoots program partnered with the Fund II Foundation to develop the Fund II Foundation Roots & Shoots National Fellowship Program. This 10-month program is designed to offer young people of color or those working in underserved communities the opportunity to create and implement service learning projects and produce positive impact. This fellowship seeks to enable young people to empower their communities to take action on issues that matter to them. As Dr. Jane always says, “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” Meet Victor A 24-year-old Bronx…

College is rough. Most of my time May of 2017 was spent inside the library at all hours of the day studying for finals. Earlier in the semester I had decided that I was getting bored of my Public Relations major and that I would add a Business Administration major to my degree, just to make the last year and a half of college more interesting.  2017 ended up being much more interesting than I ever imagined. It was the year I decided to add a second major, the year I met Jane Goodall in the parking lot, and the…

Every day people ask me, “How can I  help Jane Goodall?  In general, people are looking to jump on the first plane to Africa in order to do whatever it takes to protect chimps and the habitats that they live in. Truthfully however, the best way to get involved with Jane’s work is by making an impact in the places closest to you, like your own community. Believe it or not, you don’t necessarily have to work for the Jane Goodall Institute to join Jane’s team… All over the world, there is a network of hardworking, every day people just…

We often hear about the “Jane Effect”, which everyone experiences differently. For me, the “Jane Effect” is the emotions that one experiences after listening to Dr. Jane Goodall speak. One can walk into an auditorium not knowing what to expect, and then leave the auditorium feeling hopeful and empowered; feeling like they CAN make a difference and understanding that they DO have a part to play in making this world a better place. The “Jane Effect” changed my life and proves that we each have the power to do something to make a huge impact every single day. My name…

Every single day, Dr. Goodall and the staff of the Jane Goodall Institute hear stories about how Dr. Goodall’s life, work and message have caused them to take action or feel moved in some way. The stories speak of what can be accomplished today for a more harmonious planet where humans, other animals and the environment live in harmony. What if we could amplify these stories and make that future a reality? In honor of the Jane Goodall Institute’s 40th anniversary, Jane Goodall’s Hope in Action campaign calls upon people everywhere who have been inspired in some way by Dr.…

The rustling of leaves and buzzing of insects are interrupted by a loud and joyous pant-hoot, the sound of a nearby chimpanzee. While this noise may be an everyday occurrence in the forest of Gombe, it’s out of place echoing off the famous Hollywood Hills. In 2017, fans of Dr. Jane Goodall flooded the Hollywood Bowl to see a special screening of National Geographic’s new documentary JANE, and catch a glimpse of her early life and work in Gombe, Tanzania. Transported by the beautiful never before seen footage arranged by acclaimed director Brett Morgen projected on the big screen, and composer…

The 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 a generation of compassionate people willing to take action for the planet we all share. Now, we’re sharing those stories. In honor of the Jane Goodall Institute’s 40th anniversary, the Hope in Action campaign calls upon people…

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