A special lecture on ‘Reasons for Hope’ by Dr Jane Goodall, DBE took place yesterday, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 in the New Medical Building, North Haugh, St Andrews, on the eve of the announcement of this year’s winner and runners-up of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment. The Prize is an initiative by the University of St Andrews and the international integrated energy company ConocoPhillips recognising significant contributions to environmental conservation. For more information on the Prize, visit www.thestandrewsprize.com.
Last year marked a monumental milestone for the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and its founder, Dr Jane Goodall. Fifty years ago, Goodall, who is today a world-renowned primatologist, conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace, first set foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in what is now Tanzania’s Gombe National Park. The chimpanzee behavioural research she pioneered there has produced a wealth of scientific discovery, and her vision has expanded into a global mission to empower people to make a difference for all living things.
In her lecture, Dr Goodall reflected – both personally and professionally – on the meaning of the past five decades, the extraordinary changes the world has seen since 1960 and the impact these changes have had on people, animals and the environment we all share. She also discussed the role we must all play over the next 50 years to ensure a better future for generations to come. For more information about Dr Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute visit www.janegoodall.org and www.rootsnshoots.org.
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