to Speak on Campus
Talk is part of the first Canadian Roots & Shoots Festival
World-renowned primate biologist Jane Goodall will
give a talk Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. in Peter Clark Hall. Goodall,
who received an honorary degree from U of G in 1998, is
coming to Guelph to honour young people from across southern
Ontario who take part in the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots
& Shoots program.
Her talk is part of the first Canadian Roots & Shoots
Festival, designed to bring together members affiliated
with the organization's Ontario regional office in the Arboretum
Centre to exchange ideas on how to take action in their
communities to help people, animals and the environment.
"Since we opened our Roots & Shoots office at
the Arboretum a year ago, we've generated quite a lot of
interest among schools and community groups, but we're hoping
that with Dr. Jane here, Roots & Shoots will really
start to take off in Ontario," says Michèle
Martin, the organization's regional co-ordinator for the
Goodall's talk, titled "Reason for Hope," will
discuss how empowering young people to engage in community
service is the key to sustained success. At 11:30 a.m.,
she will hold a book-signing in Peter Clark Hall. Many of
her publications, including her most recent book, The
10 Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love,
will be available at the event.
She will spend the afternoon with Roots & Shoots members
as they take part in activities at the Arboretum Centre.
Goodall founded the Roots & Shoots program in 1991
with some students in Tanzania, Africa, who wanted to create
a platform for young people to contribute to their communities.
Twelve years later, there are 5,000 groups in more than
The Guelph Roots & Shoots office opened in September
2002 to offer schools, teachers, youth leaders and youth
groups a series of educational presentations addressing
local and global biodiversity and social issues, as well
as workshops encouraging young people to take action in
Goodall received a PhD in ethology from Cambridge University
in 1965 and has received more than 20 honorary degrees from
universities and colleges around the world. She has done
groundbreaking work on the life and sociobiology of chimpanzees
and other primates and is the author of dozens of books
Her research is now the longest-running study of any animal
in its natural habitat and has revolutionized the knowledge
of primates, showing how strikingly similar to humans they
are. In response to global habitat loss and the critically
endangered status of many species, including chimpanzees,
Goodall now spends her time lecturing, sharing her message
of hope for the future and encouraging young people to make
a difference in their world.
The recipient of hundreds of awards, she was named a United
Nations Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary General Kofi
Annan in 2002 and was recently honoured with the Dame of
the British Empire title from Queen Elizabeth.
Tickets for the lecture are $17.50 for adults, $14.50 for
those under 16. To order tickets, call 1-888-88chimp or
Martin at Ext. 58736. For more information about the Roots
& Shoots program, visit the website www.janegoodall.ca.