Jane Goodall Institute Australia statement of support for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament

We support the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart and its call for the Constitutional recognition of First Nations Australians through the establishment of a Voice to Parliament. At the Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA), we firmly believe in the interconnectedness of all beings and are proud of our nation’s rich and diverse First Nations cultures.

Australia is preparing to cast their votes in a referendum on 14th October 2023 to enshrine a Voice to Parliament, which would be a permanent body with both National and Local Voices representing First Nations people, giving First Nations communities a way to advise government on the policies, laws and decisions which impact their lives.

This upcoming referendum is set  to be a significant historic event in the journey towards true reconciliation. We are honoured to accept the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and commit to work and walk together with First Nations peoples and communities in a movement of the Australian people for a better future and acknowledge the importance of ensuring Indigenous voices are embedded throughout our own practices.

Whilst we strongly support the principle of the Voice, we acknowledge the diverse views held on this matter, and the importance of being informed and engaged. We encourage everyone to seek reputable information about the Voice, to listen to First Nations leaders, and to partake in open and honest dialogues, but to do so respectfully and considerately.

The Jane Goodall Institute Australia acknowledges with deep respect the First Nations of this land we now call Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to Country, and acknowledge that they never ceded sovereignty. We thank them for caring for our living land and sea scapes since time immemorial. We acknowledge and respect the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.

If you would like to begin your journey towards an informed vote, we encourage you visit the below links as a starting point:

Home – Uluru Statement from the Heart




Dr Jane’s statement for World Biodiversity Day 2023

Jane Goodall beside a waterfall in Gombe National Park.Shooting “Janes’s Journey”, Tansania 1/2008 with Jane Goodall

“I have lived on planet earth for almost 90 years, and during that time have seen many changes, including those affecting the environment.  As a child, growing up in the UK, I spent hours in our garden, watching the animals birds and insects – now 80 years later, due to the use of pesticides and herbicides, pollution, habitat destruction and other harmful human activities, our garden has lost over half of the bird species and probably around 90% of insects.  When I was young you could not leave a window open at night, if there was a light on, because almost instantly your room would be full of moths and other night insects  – now I am excited if one moth flies in.  And as we are now aware, insects  – that form a major part of the diet of countless animals – are decreasing  at an alarming rate world wide.  And this includes bees and other pollinators that we rely on to fertilise our crops. 

Sadly we are in the midst of the 6th great extinction of plant and animal species – this one caused by human activities. Caused by our disrespect of nature, and the unsustainable way we plunder our planet’s  finite natural resources.  

It is important to stress that loss of biodiversity is increasingly triggered by climate change. A major impact of  climate change on biodiversity is the increase in the intensity and frequency of hurricanes and typhoons, flooding, periods of drought, heatwaves and wildfires. And this adds to the threats to biodiversity already caused by habitat destruction, pollution, ocean acidification. growth of human and livestock populations and so on. In other words, slowing down climate change and protecting biodiversity go hand in hand.

Sadly so many have become disconnected from the natural world – young people preoccupied with social media and video games and parents with long work hours  – modern life comes between us and nature and what you do not know or understand you are less likely to respect and protect. 

 It is our disrespect of the natural world that has led to climate change and biodiversity loss.   it is so important to understand that we  are part of the natural world – and depend on it for clean air, water, food – everything.  What we depend on, though, is healthy  ecosystems.  An ecosystem is made up of a complex and interdependent mix of plants and animals, each with a role to play. I see it as a beautiful living tapestry.  Each time a species goes from that ecosystem it is as though a thread is pulled from the tapestry and if enough threads  are pulled the  tapestry hangs in tatters and the ecosystem collapses – and that is happening already.

So it is clearly of great importance that we work hard to protect existing intact ecosystems and restore those that are damaged. We must create a balance between present human need and protection of the environment for future generations.  At the moment we are so often using nature’s finite natural resources for immediate gain  without thought of the future.   

Fortunately there are many organisations today working on creating a more sustainable relationship with the natural  world – and nature is amazingly resilient if we give her a chance. Places that have been utterly destroyed – such as an abandoned quarry or a terribly polluted river or lake – can, with time and some help – once again begin building up the diversity needed to make up a healthy ecosystem.

In 1960 I began my chimpanzee research in Tanzania.  The Gombe national park – where we  are still studying the chimpanzees – was part of the great forest belt that stretched across equatorial Africa. 20 years later the park  was just a small island of forest surrounded by bare hills. More people where living there than the land could support, cutting down trees to make  more land for growing crops, or money from timber or charcoal. Poor communities struggling to survive.

In 1994 JGI Tanzania initiated a  really successful holistic community led conservation project (Tacare) in the villages around Gombe. We introduced agro forestry, water management programmes, microfinance opportunities for them to start their own small environmentally sustainable businesses, and scholarships to give girls a chance of higher education.  The program is now in villages throughout most of the chimpanzee range in Tanzania and people understand that protecting the forest is not just for wildlife, but their own future. Now trees have sprung up on the once bare hills.  Some trees were planted around the villages, but the rest have grown from seeds lying dormant in the ground. And Tacare  is now in 6 other African countries where we work to conserve chimpanzees and their environment.

The resilience of nature is a real reason for hope. Once nature is respected and habitats are protected or restored, animals that were endangered can be given another chance.  This was the case with the Giant Panda that is now off the endangered species list.

I’m really encouraged by the growing number of  “Rewilding” programmes which are very successful  in some countries where large areas have been set aside  for wildlife. .  In some cases animal species  that had been extinct for years have been successfully reintroduced. And increasingly we realise the importance of green corridors linking protected areas, as these allow animals to move in search of food or mates. Even simple actions – such as the decision to let wild flowers grow along the verges of the roads – make a big difference, especially for butterflies and other insects.  And more and more bridges are being built over main roads at places where animals are known to cross.

Another reason for hope is the energy and commitment of young people once they know the problems and are empowered to take action.  Back in 1991 I found young people – even then – were losing hope “Our future is being destroyed” they said, “and there  is nothing we can do about it.”  But  I told them  “here was a window of time to start healing the harm we have inflicted. But we must take action.  Thus my humanitarian and environmental programme for young people, Roots & Shoots  was born. It is now in 68 countries with members from preschool through university. Groups are planting trees, cleaning up beaches and raising awareness about environmental issues. They are making an impact in their communities and inspiring others to do the same.  And as we began  R&S over 30 years ago, many members are now adults and some have gone on to become leaders in protecting the environment and its wildlife.  All respect the natural world.

It is urgent that each one of us plays a role in reversing loss of species and climate change.  We must remember that each of us makes an impact on the planet every day.  Let us make ethical choices in what we buy, eat and wear, how we interact with people, animals and nature. And let us share stories of all the reasons why we can have hope that we can save the world, for without hope we fall into apathy and do nothing.  If this happens, we are doomed.

Another reason for hope is that more and more scientists are working to find technological solutions to enable us to live in harmony with nature. Given that slowing down climate change is helping species to survive, one important example is the increasing use of renewable energy from sun, wind tides and so on.  There are even machines that suck CO2 from the atmosphere and store it safely. Electric cars are getting increasingly environmentally friendly as scientists work on better ways of making batteries  with greater storage capacity

We must not forget  though that it is equally important to protect the natural world, especially forests and the ocean, the two great lungs of the world that sequester CO2 from the atmosphere and give us oxygen. Other ecosystems also store a great deal of CO 2 such as wetlands and grasslands.  Safeguarding these natural carbon sinks from further damage is an important part of limiting climate change and thus protecting biodiversity..

Another reason for hope is that more and more people are becoming vegetarian and best of all vegan. The billions of animals raised for meat in factory farms around the world need to be fed.  Huge areas are cleared to grow grain to feed them.  Huge amounts of fossil fuel is used to change vegetable to animal protein, and the animals produce huge amounts of methane in their digestion – a very potent greenhouse gas.” Dr Jane Goodall

The future of Pink is Green! Introducing the Jane Goodall Barbie!

Introducing the brand-new Jane Goodall Barbie doll! This incredible Barbie is the newest honouree in the Inspiring Women series – and the first doll in Mattel’s Barbie collection made from recycled ocean-bound plastic. 

Created in partnership between Mattel and the Jane Goodall Institute, the Jane Goodall Barbie doll inspires generations of changemakers to make a difference for people, other animals, and the planet we share.

Barbie is recognising renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall with the first ever Inspiring Women doll made from recycled ocean bound plastic and certified CarbonNeutral created in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI).

“My entire career, I’ve wanted to help inspire kids to be curious and explore the world around them,” Goodall says. “I’m thrilled to partner with Barbie and encourage young children to learn from their environment and feel a sense that they can make a difference”

The new doll’s launch coincides with the 62nd anniversary of Goodall’s first visit to Tanzania’s Gombe National Park, where she conducted groundbreaking research on wild chimpanzees.

Since Dr. Jane Goodall’s  historic journey to Tanzania at age 26 to study chimpanzees in their natural habitat, she has paved the way for generations of future humanitarian leaders to forge their own path. Her life-long work as a renowned ethologist, conservationist, and animal advocate, has been a tour de force of compassion and a benefit to our entire planet.

Here’s how you can purchase your very own Jane Goodall Barbie! 

  • Available Now – Amazon Australia, Toy Mate & ToyWorld (multiple locations throughout AU)
  • July – Target. Available on their sites soon
  • August – Myer

Jane Goodall named one of the 10 most inspiring women for ‘Statues For Equality’

Jane Goodall has been named one of the ten most inspiring women of our time. As part of the global art project Statues For Equality, a project aiming to promote gender equality in public statues around the world, Goodall will be immortalised as a life-size bronze statue in New York City.

Created by world renowned artists Gillie and Marc, the most successful and prolific creators of public art in New York’s History according to the New York Times, Statues For Equality aims to transform the serious imbalance in the representation of historical women memorialised as public statues.

In New York City, only 3% of the statues depict women, a statistic that is mirrored around the globe. Statues For Equality is turning the tide on this with the introduction of ten new sculptures of inspiring women, including Jane Goodall.

Goodall will have her likeness erected alongside nine other women on Women’s Equality Day (August 26) at RXR Realty’s famous 1285 Avenue of the Americas. She will be joined by Oprah Winfrey, Pink, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Tererai Trent, Janet Mock, Tracy Dyson, Cheryl Strayed, and Gabby Douglas.

This is only the beginning of the project with the artists encouraging the public to nominate the women they think should be memorialised. Already two new women have been added to the list: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and tennis superstar Serena Williams. These will be completed in 2020.

The aim is for the project is to become a global movement, changing the representation of women one sculpture at a time.

“We hope that as the project expands, it will include a broader diversity of race, class, ability, sexual orientation and gender expression,” says Gillie.

About Gillie and Marc

Gillie and Marc have been called the most successful and prolific creators of public art in New York’s History by the New York Times. Creating some of the world’s most innovative public sculptures, Gillie and Marc are re-designing what public art should be, spreading messages of love, equality, and conservation around the world. Their highly coveted sculptures and paintings can be seen in art galleries and public sites in over 250 cities. They’re Archibald Prize Finalists and have won the Chianciano Biennale in Italy, among other notable awards and accolades.

Referred to by the media as “the world’s most loving artists”, this artistic duo has worked side by side for 27 years, creating art as one and spreading the love they have for each other with the world. The artists first met on a film shoot in Hong Kong and 7-days later they ran away to Nepal to get married on the foothills of Mount Everest. They’ve been inseparable ever since.

The artists are best known for their beloved characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, who tell the autobiographical tale of two opposites coming together to become best friends and soul mates. As unlikely animal kingdom companions, the Rabbit and the Dog stand for diversity and acceptance through love. Gillie and Marc believe art is a powerful platform for change. Their art is multi-disciplinary, paying homage to the importance of togetherness, as well as the magnificence of the natural world, and the necessity of preserving it – for we are it, and it is us.

Their art has raised hundreds of thousands in donations for the many wildlife charities and causes they support. For more information, visit www.gillieandmarc.com or www.goodbyerhinos.org.