Shortly before Thanksgiving, Jane was in Spain for several days to promote the work of the Jane Goodall Institute - Spain and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program. In between speeches and events, Jane made time to visit the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville (named after the Spanish-Peruvian politician) to receive an honorary degree.
A personal video message from Jane Goodall to our supporters
If you are noticing Jane everywhere these days it is not only because she travels over 300 days a year around the world. Even though she is on a perpetual world tour, Jane is in places where you might least expect her - including on a special poster featured in bus stops and billboards around the United States!
Check out "Gorillas Will Be Missed," a special episode of the popular cartoon Captain Planet and the Planeteers, on the Mother Nature Network, the on-line source for environmental news and information. In this episode, the Planeteers encounter Goki, a young man from the future. The Planeteers are in the middle of saving gorilla habitat from Looten Plunder.
Last Friday Jane made a quick stop in Washington, DC to visit the U.S. Department of the Interior and give a lecture to department employees and other invited guests. Secretary Ken Salazar was a gracious host to Jane as she spoke to a packed auditorium of 700 people. In her remarks Jane said, "I am pleased to be speaking to so many people who have an impact on policy not just in Washington but around the world."
By Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE
While Jane was in California last week to accept the Minerva Award at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference, she took a few moments to catch up with an old friend. Pierce Brosnan, the actor and environmentalist who needs no introduction, has been Jane's friend and a JGI supporter for many years.
This year we presented Betty White with the 2009 Jane Goodall Institute Global Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement. A lifetime animal lover, Betty is a true champion for pets and has spent her life working on behalf of animals.
On Tuesday, Jane took part in the one-of-a-kind California Women's Conference hosted by Maria Shriver. Over 25,000 women from around California - and the world - joined together for 2 days to celebrate and speak about the power of women to transform our world. From Madeleine Albright to Katie Couric to Sir Richard Branson, Jane joined an A-list line-up of conference speakers. Jane, along with 3 other pioneering women, was selected to receive the special Minerva Award this year.
After Seattle, it was on to Portland, where Jane spoke at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) conference. Jane spoke about the educational role of zoos and how Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, an international youth service program, is a natural fit for zoos interested in expanding their youth outreach.