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Jane Goodall Recognition

Jane Goodall Recognition

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, October 7, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, birds, marine life, sustainability, environment, plants

   Jane Goodall award ceremony receiving Native America peace blanket, 10/4/2019 (credit: SWP Media

Dr. Jane Goodall was presented with an international award recently by the Wallace Stegner Center for the Land, Water, and the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, and the PAX Natura Foundation. It recognized the famous primatologist for her pioneering work on chimpanzees and who now travels the world building support for wildlife conservation and her Roots & Shoots initiative for young people. Established in 1991 with 12 students in single classroom in Tanzania, Roots & shoots has now grown to have chapters in nearly 100 nations. The goal is straightforward and the student-run projects are as diverse as the countries where they are located. A project coordinator, usually a teacher, receives generic information to help develop a project, often specific to a local environmental issue, but the goals are the same: 

to empower young people to use their voices and actions to make compassionate decisions, provide influence, and make positive change in their community.

The aptly named award was presented in a LEED certified building where the Stegner environmental center is located. Every architectural design, engineering construction, and creative details were incorporated for long-term energy efficiency and sustainability. As an example, the windows throughout the new building contain an invisible biomimicry-conceived compound that birds perceive as a spider web. The windows themselves deter any flying or migrating bird from flying into the panes. The American Bird Conservancy estimates that window collisions likely kills between 365 million and 1 billion birds in the USA annually. Since the building installed the new windows, there hasn't been a collision. Dr. Goodall thought this was a fine metaphor for sustainability and 'peace with nature'.


 SJ Quinney School of Law (credit: University of Utah)   &  Sustainable building design (Stegner Environmental Center)

Goodall concluded her presentation with a short video con the restoration of a chimpanzee population to an island in the Congo River in Africa. It was also an example of environmental sustainability, personal dedication, and a life of being mindful to nature.



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