UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, Joins 2021 Parliament as Featured Luminary

In little more than 35 days, the global interfaith movement will gather for the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions. The Parliament is thrilled to announce that UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, joins the diverse list of featured luminaries for the 8th Parliament of the World's Religions.

A groundbreaking scientist, environmentalist, and global leader, Dr. Goodall will share her deep wisdom with the global interfaith movement this October.

Dr. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall was born on April 3, 1934, in London England. At the young age of 26, she followed her passion for animals and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania, where she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild­ immersing herself in their habitat as a neighbor rather than a distant observer. Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. 

In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to advance her work around the world and for generations to come. JGI continues the field research at Gombe and builds on Dr. Goodall’s innovative approach to conservation, which recognizes the central role that people play in the well-being of animals and the environment. In 1991, she founded Roots & Shoots, a global program that empowers young people in nearly 60 countries and since its inception in 1991 has greatly impacted youth in over 100 countries to act as the informed conservation leaders that the world so urgently needs. 

Today, Dr. Goodall travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises and her reasons for hope. Her eloquent ability to raise public awareness and understanding has become instrumental in her work to save chimpanzees from extinction. She is the author of numerous books that have engaged an international readership in her life with chimpanzees. Her life and work are the subject of numerous television documentaries, as well as the 2002 film Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees, the 2010 documentary Jane's Journey, and the 2017 National Geographic documentary JANE. Discovery Channel's Animal Planet has produced a number of features on Dr. Goodall, including Jane Goodall's Return to Gombe, Jane Goodall's State of the Great Ape, When Animals Talk, Jane's Goodall's Heroes, and Almost Human. 

Dr. Goodall is the recipient of many honors, including the Medal of Tanzania, the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal, Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, the UNESCO 60th Anniversary Medal, and the Gandhi/King Award for Nonviolence. In April 2002, Secretary General Kofi Annan named Dr. Goodall a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In a 2004 ceremony at Buckingham Palace, she became a Dame Commander of the British Empire. In 2006, she received France's highest recognition, the Legion of Honor.

For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org.

Dr. Goodall joins the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions as part of the Closing Plenary on October 18th.

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