Jane Goodall shares inspiration

Photo courtesy of the Jane Goodall Institute
Photo courtesy of the Jane Goodall Institute

Posted August 3, 2006

Noted environmentalist Jane Goodall will visit the Island for a talk tonight at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. During "An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall," presented by WMVY, she will share stories from her years at the Gombe Stream Research Centre in Tanzania where she worked closely with chimpanzees doing research which brought her widespread recognition. Award-winning journalist and author Charlayne Hunter-Gault will introduce Ms. Goodall.

Ms. Goodall will also discuss the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the research started at Gombe Stream. The institute has established innovative community-centered conservation and development programs and "Roots and Shoots," an educational program, and is a leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. Ms. Goodall's talk will highlight individuals she has met during her travels who are inspiring in their commitment to make the world a better place and she will comment on her reasons for hope even in these complex times.

Ms. Goodall travels widely, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth. She continually urges her audiences to recognize their personal responsibility and ability to effect change through consumer action, lifestyle change and activism.

Along with many engaging children's books about her work with chimpanzees, Ms. Goodall's titles include "Africa in My Blood" (Houghton Mifflin, 2000), "A Reason for Hope" (Warner, 1999), and "The Ten Trusts (Harper Collins, 2002). Her recent "Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating" (Warner, 2005), written with Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson sets out a variety of ethical issues related to the sustainability of natural resources, the social significance of food choices, and the worldwide benefits of eating mindfully.

"An Evening With Dr. Jane Goodall." Thursday. Aug. 3, 8 pm, Tabernacle, Campground, Oak Bluffs. Benefits Jane Goodall Institute and Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. $35 premium seating; $20 general admission. 1-800-592-5263; 508-693-0525.