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On Sunday night, October 24th, in Calgary, Alberta, GreenHero Dr. Jane Goodall gave a presentation called, “50 Years of Chimps and Change” to a varied and inspired audience at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Goodall reflected on the meaning of the past five decades, the amazing amount of change the world has seen since 1960, as well as the impacts these changes have had on animals, people, and the environment of which we are all a part.

Dr. Goodall’s living legacy is a huge part of the University of Calgary’s anthropology department. The U of C program is the only anthropology program in Canada to offer a concentration in primatology. Dr. Goodall spoke to this legacy, as well as the role we must imagine ourselves playing over the next half century in order to secure a positive future for those who come behind us.

While in Calgary, as part of the 50th anniversary year of her research into the behaviour of chimpanzees, Dr. Goodall acted as the guest editor for the Calgary Herald’s Sunday Edition. While meeting with the editorial board earlier in the week, Goodall had this to share about her important work to date:

I’m learning more and more about this and all the harm we’ve inflicted on the planet and the pollution and the climate change and shrinking water supplies. And meeting young people who seem to have lost hope and they were depressed, angry, or apathetic, and these are all around the world. North America and South America and Europe and Asia and, of course, Africa. And (they were) feeling this way because they felt we’d compromised their future and there’s nothing we could do about it.

We have compromised their future, there’s no question about it, but it is not true there is nothing that can be done about it.

That led to our Roots & Shoots program. And that is involving young people of all ages now. It began with 12 high-school students, nearly 20 years ago, and now it involves young people from preschool all the way through university, with an increasing number of adults becoming involved. And the main message: every single one of us makes a difference every single day.”

So, read the original article here, and don’t forget to visit our Sprouting Change campaign page to learn more about Dr. Goodall’s work and how you can get involved!

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, youth can sprout change: Share stories of young people you know creating positive change, by entering  our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

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