Dr. Jane Goodall Meets With Prime Minister Trudeau

Renowned conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall to be introduced in the House of Commons after private meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

TORONTO, April 10, 2016 /CNW/ - World-renowned primatologist, conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE will be meeting privately with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at 1:15pm on April 11, 2016.

This will be the first time that Dr. Goodall and the Prime Minister have met.

The Government of Canada has been a generous supporter of the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, awarding the organization a $4.1 million grant in 2015 for its project, Delivering Healthy Futures, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

In addition, the Jane Goodall Institute is actively involved in addressing climate change through its efforts to protect the rain forests in the DRC where projects are underway. Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the organization's program to empower young people to create practical solutions to big challenges, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with the theme of forest conservation and encourages Roots & Shoots groups around the world to protect important habitat.

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. Equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars, Dr. Goodall won the trust of these initially shy creatures and managed to open a window into their lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.

Dr. Goodall continues her work today, travelling an average of 300 days per year speaking to sold-out crowds wherever she goes about the threats to chimpanzees, climate change and other environmental crises and her reasons for hope that we will ultimately solve the problems that we have imposed on the earth.

Dr. Goodall continually urges people of all ages to recognize their personal power and responsibility to effect positive change to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

Dr. Goodall is available for questions at 3:00pm in the foyer of the House of Commons, Parliament Hill, Ottawa.

About the Jane Goodall Institute:
The Jane Goodall Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. JGI is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages, with groups in more than 130 countries.

SOURCE Jane Goodall Institute of Canada

For further information: Victoria Foote, Director, Communications and Fund Development, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, Victoria@JaneGoodall.ca, 416-978-3706 (o), 647-290-9384 (m)


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