It’s certainly been an exciting fall for Jane! After receiving an honorary degree at University of St Andrews in Scotland, she headed to New York City to take part in the UN International Day of Peace, the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative Summit, and the Humane Education Conference.
Last Friday, Jane was one of 17 inspiring individuals on site to receive an honorary degree at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The day was filled with excitement as the event marked the celebration of the university’s 600th anniversary. You can read a press release about the event here.
During her summer tour of Africa, Jane spent time at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC) in the Republic of Congo. For more than 20 years, the Institute has worked to ensure the well-being of orphaned and abandoned chimpanzees confiscated by Congolese authorities as part of their efforts to combat the illegal commercial bushmeat and pet trades. JGI cares for these confiscated chimpanzees at TCRC, the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa.
After her successful Rotary appearance in Portugal, Jane left for an extended African tour. She made stops in South Africa and Tanzania and then traveled to Uganda. On July 9, while at Uganda’s Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Jane released 17 African Grey Parrots. In April of 2010, the birds were confiscated after being illegally shipped to Bulgaria. Jane was delighted to be on hand to watch the birds’ return to the wilds of Africa!
If you’ve been wondering what Jane has been up to this week, you’ve come to the right place! Jane and members of the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global team took part in Rotary’s 104th International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal.
Last week, Jane attended The Observer Ethical Awards in London where she presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Lenny Henry.
Over the weekend, Jane and Simon Jackson, a member of the Jane Goodall Institute-Canada board and founder of The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, were listed among the Top 100 Guardian Angels of the Planet by the French group Founding Congress for the World Green Games. The Top 100 Guardian Angels of the Planet are recognized for empowering children to care for the environment.
For the last decade, the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) has provided highly motivated and dedicated young leaders throughout the United States with the training, resources and opportunities they need to develop into community leaders who create positive change in their own backyards and around the world. These youth leaders emerge at the forefront of the next generation of responsible global citizens, working to protect and improve communities for people, animals, and the environment we all share.