Today, I had the privilege of hearing one of my long-time idols, Dr. Jane Goodall, speak at American University. Dr. Goodall is a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and she has founded both the Jane Goodall Institue and “Roots and Shoots,” a youth organization that promotes positive change in people, animals, and the environment. Her work in conservation and humanitarian efforts has helped to promote peace in 120 countries.
I am double majoring in biology and film and media arts because I want to work in conservation and wildlife behavior, while using my media background to promote research to people all over the world. Dr. Goodall is one of my many inspirations- hearing her speak today was a dream come true. It was amazing to hear the story of someone who is living out my goals.
She was interviewed in the AU Amphitheater by AU School of Communications alum and NBC4 Washington’s Wendy Rieger. Jane Goodall presented an inspiring message on how the young people of the world can produce a small change every day, through the choices they make and the interactions they have with one another. She made it clear that we cannot promote peace in the world without striving for order in all aspects of life, including the environment.