Public Speech: The Living Inspiration – Jane Goodall’s 20s, 50s & 80s


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A Brave Career Launch in Her 20s

More than half a century ago, in 1960, together with a very supportive mother, a 26 -year-old British girl sailed to the little-known Tanzanian jungle on the African continent. She had worked hard to save up for the trip to come to Africa to pursue her dream to live with animals in the wild. In Tanzania, she met her mentor Dr. Louis Leakey.

Great Achievements in Her 50s

During the past 50 years, Dr. Jane dedicated herself to wildlife research and environmental conservation, which earned her the appointment as United Nations Messenger of Peace amongst many other honors. She is a beacon of environmental conservation, an accomplished primatologist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and global Roots & Shoots program.

An Environmental Ambassador in her 80s

At the age of 80, Dr. Goodall continues to inspire millions around the world to work together for a better future for all living things. She encourages young people to overcome difficulties, join efforts to serve the community, and never give up on hope.

Jane Goodall

About Dr. Goodall

  • 1966 – Ph.D. in Ethology, Cambridge University, United Kingdom
  • 1976 – Trustee, the Jane Goodall Institute in USA, UK, Canada, and other western countries
  • 1984 – International Director, ChimpanZoo (research program involving zoos and sanctuaries worldwide), USA
  • 1991 – Founder, Global “Roots & Shoots” Project on humanism support and environmental education
  • 1999 – International Peace Award (*Shanghai Roots & Shoots was also established in the same year)
  • 2001 – Gandi-King Award for Non-Violence
  • 2002 – United Nations “Messenger of Peace” Appointment; The Huxley Memorial Medal, by Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
  • 2003 – Dame of the British Empire, presented by HRH Prince Charles
  • 2004 – “European Heroes Award” by Time magazine
  • 2006 – UNESCO Gold Medal Award; La Légion d’Honneur, presented by French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin
  • 2010 – International Golden Doves for Peace Award, Italy

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Jane's visit 2012

About the Speech

2014 is a special year for Shanghai Roots & Shoots. In addition to the International YES Forum, we are also celebrating Shanghai Roots & Shoots’ 15th birthday with an inspirational speech by Dr Goodall. Fifty years ago Dr. Goodall embarked on a journey with a mission to explore the unknown territory for the greater good. Fifty years later her tireless efforts have inspired young people around the world to make a difference. We welcome you to join us in the celebration, and hear Dr. Jane’s message of peace.

How to Participate?

  • Online application→→SMS Confirmation Code→→On-site Registration

We have opened an online application platform for Dr Goodall’s speech registration. The speech is in English only with some Chinese translation.

Please submit your application via by Nov. 7, 2014. Speech reservations are made on “first come, first served” basis. We will confirm your participation via E-mail and text messages.

Application link:

Time & Venue:

6: 30 – 8:30 pm, Nov 10th at Da Tong High School (No.353 Nan Che Zhan Rd, Huangpu District)

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Message from Dr Goodall

Every individual matters; every individual has a role to play; every individual can make a difference.