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Jane Goodall inspires kids at Berkeley’s Redwood Grove

For anyone who has admiration for trailblazing primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, these highlights of her October 13, 2015 appearance at Berkeley’s University of California Botanical Garden will be a treat. Dr. Goodall spoke about her love for animals as a child, her first night in the African rainforest, her first observations of chimpanzee tool use, and told stories from Gombe for 100 second through fifth graders from local schools.

She also spoke about her conservation efforts, how technology gives her hope for the future of conservation, as well as her youth-led community program Roots and Shoots. From Berkeley.edu:

Goodall travels the world 300 days a year to talk about Roots and Shoots, a program she started 25 years ago that encourages young people to start their own environmental, conservation and humanitarian projects in their communities.

“Each single one of you makes a difference every single day,” Goodall told the students. “You may feel like there’s not much I can do, I’m just one person. But if you’re part of Roots and Shoots, there are millions of people just like you all doing the same thing.”…

“Roots and Shoots is also about having fun and about hope,” she told the students. “There is hope. You’re the hope. You’re my hope. My reason for hope is the resilience of nature and the indomitable human spirit.”

Here’s the full-length video of her talk, which includes a Q&A session:

For kids that want to know more about Dr. Goodall, we recommend and love reading Me… Jane and The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps.

Related watching: The Story of Jane Goodall and Her Chimps (2010).

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