Future For Nature was honoured to welcome Jane Goodall as Guest of Honour in 2013.
Jane Goodall has lived among chimpanzees for several decades and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. She began her landmark study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in June 1960. In 1977 she established the Jane Goodall Institute, which now has 31 offices worldwide.
The protection of chimpanzees and their habitat goes hand in hand with educating and supporting the local population, and offering lasting alternatives to bush meat and illegal logging. She emphasizes the importance of caring for humans, animals and the environment. This is an outstanding example of the individual responsibility we all have.
In 1991 Roots & Shoots was established to bring together youth to work on environmental issues. Jane Goodall now travels the world and spreads her message through lectures and personal meetings. Doing so, she is the greatest female role model in conservation.
“The more I travel around the world, the more horrors I am shown about the damage we have done to this planet. But I have reasons for hope. Which are the amazing human brain, the extraordinary resilience of nature, young people with shiny eyes trying to make the world a better place, and finally the indomitable human spirit, the people who tackle what seems hopeless, but don’t give up and succeed. The award winners I meet, continue to add to my reasons for hope.”