Renowned ethologist and activist Dr. Jane Goodall, celebrated for her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees, is set to return to Australia and New Zealand.
After a prolonged absence due to the COVID pandemic, the 89-year-old scientist is excited to reconnect with her supporters and discuss her optimistic vision for the future.
Goodall, who first traveled to Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park in 1960 to study its chimpanzees, revolutionized our understanding of these primates. Her discovery that chimpanzees make and modify tools challenged the belief that humans were the only species capable of such feats.
This work has continued for over six decades, making it one of the longest-running studies of any animal species.
A unique academic figure, Goodall was one of the few individuals to be accepted into a PhD program without an undergraduate degree. Today, she is regarded as the world’s leading expert on chimpanzees, having dedicated 60 years to studying their social and family dynamics.
During her tour across Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Auckland, Goodall will present a lecture that includes an audience Q&A segment and a fireside chat with a moderator. “I love Australia and New Zealand with their rich biodiversity and proud First Nations heritage,” Goodall expressed. She looks forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting young leaders involved in the Roots & Shoots program.
The Jane Goodall Institute, operational in Australia since 2007 and New Zealand since 2017, offers educational programs encouraging young people to engage with their communities positively. CEO James Forbes highlighted the impact of their flagship Resource Box for Schools Program, which reaches about 4,000 schools across Australia.
Addressing concerns like eco-anxiety and nature deficit disorder, the Institute partners with the University of Adelaide and Resilient Youth Australia to research educational approaches to alleviate anxiety linked to climate and biodiversity crises.
Lead researcher, Dr Mark Kohler said that children today are experiencing increasing mental health problems and declining school performance.
“Spending time in nature and developing a connection to nature has been associated with more positive mental health outcomes in children”, Kohler said.
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is a youth education program developed by Dr Jane Goodall in Tanzania in 1991 and today reaches millions of young people in more than 60 countries around the world. It is why she continues to travel around the world inspiring young people to take action.
“In all my lectures and books, I focus on reasons for hope. But today, it’s getting harder and harder to take that message of hope around the world. Todays’ young people—everywhere I go—they’re so excited and empowered. We’re listening to their voices. That gives us a reason to hope”.
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
PERTH CURTIN STADIUM TUESDAY MAY 28
ADELAIDE ADELAIDE TOWN HALL FRIDAY MAY 31
MELBOURNE PALAIS THEATRE TUESDAY JUNE 4
SYDNEY SYDNEY TOWN HALL THURSDAY JUNE 6
AUCKLAND SKYCITY THEATRE MONDAY JUNE 10
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