Earlier this month, Alice Macharia, JGI’s director for East Africa Programs, and Shawn Sweeney of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots participated in a panel and Q&A session after a special screening of Disneynature’s Chimpanzee
with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN-DPI)
. The movie screening took place during one of the UN’s regular non-governmental organization (NGO) gatherings or “briefings” and included many NGO representatives and UN staff.
Maria Luisa-Chavez, chief, UN-DPI NGO section, said, “No words can express my deep gratitude to the Jane Goodall Institute and Disneynature for putting such big smile on our constituents’ faces. All of our NGO briefings are very successful, but the screening of Chimpanzee is definitely one that will stay in our hearts for long time! The film itself was fantastic—great storyline, fabulous photography and sound—and the panelists afterward were eloquent and enlightening.”
The screening and presentation gave Alice and Shawn the opportunity to connect the fascinating world of chimpanzees shown in the film to JGI’s mission to protect chimpanzees and engage people everywhere to care for the environment. Alice’s remarks focused on JGI’s community-centered conservation and sustainable development efforts in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Shawn then shared how JGI, using similar principles, engages young people around the world to improve their local environment and the quality of life for people and animals through Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots.
It was clear from the audience’s questions at the end of the panel that the participants enjoyed the program. Michael Johnson, a representative from the organization Pathways to Peace, reflected, “After the film, Shawn and Alice’s presentations inspired attendees by sharing information about the global impact that the Jane Goodall Institute has achieved. I walked away from this UN event feeling very hopeful knowing that so many people around the world are working in cooperation for a better world.”