DUBAI 7 January 2019: Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost authority on chimpanzees and leading conservationist, will speak at the DIFC in Dubai on Saturday 19 January.
Known for her life’s work studying the Gombe chimpanzees, Goodall will also talk about her educational project in the UAE: Roots & Shoots. The event, entitled ‘Reasons for Hope’, is hosted by the Emirates Literature Foundation, and will take place at the DIFC Conference Centre at 16:00.
The talk will cover Goodall’s journey, her pioneering research on wild chimpanzees, and her on-going efforts to inspire every individual to protect the environment we share. She will discuss the future of wild animals and the threats they face from devastating habitat loss, as well as the battle against illegal wildlife trade in ivory and rhino horn.
Goodall will share highlights from some of her most unique experiences in the field, her candid thoughts on the future of conservation, and above all, provide heartfelt reasons to maintain hope despite growing threats and often overwhelming odds, using examples of the work undertaken by the Jane Goodall Institute, an international non-profit organisation established in 1977.
It now has offices in 27 countries, and one of its key missions is to empower individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment for all living things.
Goodall said “As I travel nearly 300 days per year on a perpetual world speaking tour, it is important for me to remind communities about the importance of education in creating lasting, positive change for the earth, its animals, and all its people. For the last five years with start up support from Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, we have been able to establish a successful programme in 100 schools across the UAE, predominantly Abu Dhabi. One of my wishes for my on-going legacy is the establishment of Roots & Shoots in all emirates.
“I do believe in the possibility of a world where we can live in harmony with nature but only if every one of us does our part to make that world reality. So when we look back at our journey and our lives, we can truly say ‘I made a difference’.”
Internationally renowned, Goodall has received many distinguished awards in science and today travels the world lecturing on conservation issues that affect us all. She says that she is truly inspired by the many young people she meets who are involved in Roots & Shoots who are empowered to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. Dr Goodall is also the author of many acclaimed books, including the bestseller, Reason for Hope.
The talk will be followed by a book signing. Tickets are available for Dh75 from https://www.elfdubai.org/en/jane-goodall-reasons-for-hope