Day 93 – She might not wear a cape, but Jane Goodall has been my hero since childhood. The thought of living in the jungle and studying chimpanzees, sounded amazing to me. Observing them everyday and witnessing behavior that no human had seen before, seemed like a very cool way to spend your time. In my eyes, Jane Goodall was living a pretty sweet life.
What you might not know about Dr. Goodall, is that she not only fights for the chimpanzees that she cohabited with, but she also fights for their habitat and the countless others that are threatened on a daily basis. She advocates for the planet on a global stage and is tireless in her efforts to bring awareness to the ever growing problems that endanger our home. The Jane Goodall Institute is a conservation organization that helps protect the chimpanzees and inspires people to conserve the natural world we all share. Their mission is to help people understand that everything is connected and everyone can make a difference.
“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.” – Dr. Jane Goodall
She empowers young people to affect positive change in their communities through her Roots & Shoots organization. Through her Good for All Challenge, Dr. Goodall gives young people actionable ideas on how they can make a difference at home, in school and their communities.
“You aren’t going to save the world on your own. But you might inspire a generation of kids to save it for all of us. You would be amazed at what inspired children can do.” – Dr. Jane Goodall
She has been a conservationist for 60 years and there seems to be no stopping Dr. Goodall from continuing to fight for the animals she loves and protecting not just their homes, but our’s too.
So, today, Dr. Goodall’s 87th birthday, make a commitment to be part of the solution and make changes that will prevent you from being part of the problem.
Check out Twitter and see that time I got to sing Happy Birthday to Dr. Jane Goodall. An absolutely amazing experience!
Tomorrow, our first birthday without balloons.