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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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It’s been 50 years since she started her chimpanzee research, but for famous primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, animals have always been an important part of her life. Her love affair with animals began before she could even walk, which explains her fervent passion for sparking hope and activism in youth.

Dr. Goodall’s Jane Goodall Institute continues the fight to conserve chimpanzee and endangered species’ habitats that she embarked upon 50 years ago in Gombe, Tanzania.

Her chimpanzee observations – that chimps make and use tools, much like humans – have changed the way we understand the species and humanity, and have helped us answer questions on issues ranging from development to the environment.

Gombe is also the home of Roots and Shoots, an organization which Dr. Goodall uses to ignite environmental activism in youth by fostering compassion and respect for all of Earth’s creatures.

Through active learning and caring for animals, she instills confidence in them and hope for a healthier future.

Her belief is that every individual matters, every individual has a role to play, and every individual can make a difference, regardless of age; the sum of individual actions can make the world a brighter place. Her hope and our children’s hope for the future is what we need to sprout change.

“One of my hopes is that more and more young people….become involved in Roots and Shoots and that somehow I can reach enough hearts for people to have hope, because if people don’t have hope, we may as well give up.”

– Jane Goodall

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.

GreenHeroes.tv is all about saving the planet, one story at a time. Do you have a great story to tell about how you’re helping to make the world a greener place? Enter the contest to nominate a friend or yourself – you could be one of Canada’s next GreenHeroes!

Watch and learn about our celebrity GreenHeroes

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