“I have often said that every individual can make changes in their own life every day to make this world a better place. My own experience tells me this is true.
… in 1986, I attended a conference in Chicago where I heard fellow researchers speak of habitat destruction across Africa and the threat it posed to wildlife including chimpanzees. I had arrived at the conference a scientist but left an activist, and my life has been shaped by that experience ever since.
Deforestation continues to threaten the survival of chimps and other great apes. So does illegal hunting and trafficking, not to mention the impact of climate change on all ecosystems.
While these challenges are daunting, I still believe there is hope. Hope for us, for wild species and spaces, and for the planet we all share. Hope is what informs the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…
The work of the Jane Goodall Institute supports many of the 17 goals set out in the SDGs: the protection of land-based ecosystems; ensuring sustainable consumption and production; the sustainable management of water; gender equality; and the elimination of poverty, which, so often, is the cause of wildlife decline and the consequence of social injustice.
Never has the work of the Jane Goodall institute been more important or more needed than today. I am inviting you to join the Peak Society so that we can continue to deliver this important work. Let us continue to work together for a better world.
What you leave behind determines what lies ahead.”