Where in the World is Dr. Jane?
During a recent stop in Taiwan, Dr. Goodall read to a young girl named Nadine. As she tours the world, Dr. Goodall constantly encourages young people to take action to improve this planet we call home. The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) knows this cannot happen without education based on the Institute's experience working with the world's children, particularly young women in Africa. In Tanzania, for example, JGI actively promotes girls' education because it has found that improving literacy rates among women improves the well-being of the communities in which they live.
During her busy trip to Tanzania in July, Jane attended the launch and blessing of a project involving local members of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and the Tanzania Portland Cement Company (TPCC), also known as TwigaCement. The goal of the “Twiga Project” is to rehabilitate and restore cement quarries while promoting environmental sustainability and conservation in Tanzania. The project is currently scheduled to run until April 2013.
On July 23, 2012, Dr. Jane stopped by the Little Theatre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to present local youth Adam Anthony with his 2011 Jane Goodall Global Leadership Award for Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership, as Adam was unable to attend the awards ceremony last year. To learn more about Adam, check out the video below.
Earlier in the month, Jane received the Lifetime Achievement award at this year's Observer Ethical Awards. At the London ceremony, the judges said Jane merited the honor because of her "promotion of the planet" and her "extraordinary contribution to the development of our understanding of the natural world, particularly broadening our knowledge of the habits of chimpanzees."
Today is a special day! It's Jane Goodall's birthday.
As Jane turns 78 years young, she is spending her birthday in one of her favorite places on Earth...other than Gombe National Park that is! She's watching the annual migration of the sandhill cranes in Nebraska's Plate River Valley. Of course, Jane is never one to take a day off like the rest of us and so she is also busily finalizing her latest book while in the middle of her spring 2012 North American speaking tour.
While Jane was in Seattle, Washington last month she made sure to clear her schedule for a few minutes to visit with her longtime friend Dale Chihuly, the amazing glass design artist. Jane has even helped Dale create a special glass sculpture in the past!
On September 22, 2011, Jane gave the opening keynote address at the annual AARP convention in Los Angeles. An estimated 8,000 people attended the session! While backstage, Jane met actress and comedienne Carol Burnett.
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Over the years, a variety of animals, plants and even buildings have been named in Jane's honor. The newest addition to the list: a hamster!
Last week, students at the Madam Newton Einstein Science Academy in Oak Ridge North, Texas decided to name their new class hamster after Jane. The Academy described Jane as a four-week-old, short-haired beige and white hamster.