Jane Visits the European Parliament
Jane visited Belgium last week as part of her Gombe 50 tour of Europe. While there she made a very special visit to the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels. The European Parliament is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union, and is the second largest democratic electorate in the world with 736 officials serving as members of the Parliament.
Yet Jane did not sit down with members on this visit. Instead, she was invited to address a unique gathering—more than 300 school children and 43 teachers from all over Brussels representing 37 nationalities. Jane greeted everyone in traditional chimpanzee fashion with a pant hoot and spoke about the global power of Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program. Now in more than 120 countries, Roots & Shoots is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment we all share. In cooperation with the Jane Goodall Institute-Belgium, Dr. Goodall is promoting the growth of the Roots & Shoots program throughout the country.
When asked what message she wanted to deliver at the European Parliament, Jane said: "It's about time that we all get together, the elders and the youth, and start healing some of the scars that we have inflicted." More information about Jane's visit can be found on the EP website.
Photos courtesy of the European Union