29th October, 2018
‘Everything is connected – everyone can make a difference’ Jane Goodall, DBE
Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, is world-renowned for her pioneering research on wild chimpanzees and her efforts today to inspire every individual to protect the environment we share – a trait she shares with Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax.
Organised by the Old Vic, Dr Jane got the watch the inspiring show The Lorax and after the wonderful show, Dr Jane met the Lorax backstage! They were joined by Kasper Steyn, the Roots & Shoots member who won the Lorax competition for making an amazing puppet called Lumi.
In a very special Voices Off talk after the show, Dr Jane shared exciting stories about her early life working at Gombe, the home of the wild chimpanzees she has been studying for almost 60 years. She talked about why she left the forest she loves so much. She knew she had to raise awareness about problems faced by chimpanzees and the communities living in the area, and how the Jane Goodall Institute is working on key sustainable programmes to help these groups in Africa.
Jane spoke about her global youth programme Roots & Shoots which is active in nearly 100 countries, with over 1,600 active groups in the UK alone.
Dr Jane’s talk received standing ovations and many left the beautiful theatre tearful, but inspired to make their own positive difference!
Photo credits Manuel Harlan