Dr. Goodall Educates Policymakers in Washington, D.C.
This week, Dr. Jane Goodall presented a keynote address on Capitol Hill and made new friends among federal policymakers during meetings with:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins;
- Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes;
- U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA); and
- U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX).
Keynote Address on Capitol Hill
On Thursday, Dr. Goodall presented a keynote address entitled “Connecting People and Conservation” at an event to launch “The International Conservation Budget,” a publication of the major international conservation organizations. The document, which is published once a year, highlights accomplishments resulting from U.S. government support of international conservation. It also recommends spending levels for international conservation programs across the federal budget.
At the launch event, Dr. Goodall illustrated how local communities benefit from conservation efforts and, in turn, the impact that communities are having on the long-term success of conservation. Dr. Goodall also highlighted the importance of international conservation to major U.S. strategic interests, including global health and security.
Attendees at the event included representatives and staff from the U.S. Congress, key administrative agencies, the business sector and the conservation community. U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY), who is a co-chair of the International Conservation Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, delivered brief remarks and commended Dr. Goodall for her lifetime of work on behalf of the environment and humanity.
The event was hosted by the co-chairs of the International Conservation Caucus and the Alliance for Global Conservation, which includes Conservation International, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society and World Wildlife Fund.
Meeting with Director of NIH
Dr. Goodall met with Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, to thank him for his call to analyze the scientific need for the continued use of chimpanzees to accelerate biomedical discoveries. She also commended him for his decision to withhold nearly 200 chimpanzees from invasive research pending the outcome of the study.
Meeting with MCC CEO
On Wednesday, Dr. Goodall met with the chief executive officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a federal agency that helps fight global poverty. At the meeting, Dr. Goodall discussed the need to preserve Indonesia’s tropical forests, home to some of the largest populations of orangutans, as a key component of the MCC’s support for the Indonesian government’s poverty reduction efforts.
Meetings with Members of U.S. Congress
While in Washington, D.C., Dr. Goodall also met with U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), new chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, and U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), new chair of the House Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. She congratulated them on their new positions and stressed the importance of U.S. support for great ape conservation efforts.
Dr. Goodall and Congresswoman Granger also discussed Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and how our future depends on raising the next generation of leaders to care for the planet. Next month, Dr. Goodall will be giving a lecture in Forth Worth, Texas, which is located in Rep. Granger’s congressional district.