Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace to deliver 2014 Graduation Speech at Green School Bali

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace to deliver 2014 Graduation Speech at Green School Bali

Online PR News – 28-February-2014 – Bali, Indonesia – (Bali, Indonesia) Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, the world-renowned ethologist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, will address the Green School Bali graduates at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony to be held at 03.00 pm on Tuesday, June 17, at Green School Bali.

Dr. Goodall and Green School share a common vision for individuals to learn about pertinent issues facing global communities and to improve the quality of life of all living things. Both also share a strong focus on bettering the lives of local people. Dr. Goodall’s global youth program, Roots & Shoots, inspires young people of all ages to become involved in hands on programs for their local community, for animals and the environment we all share. This is a philosophy central to Green School’s work to develop young environmental leaders for the future.

“We are so delighted to have Dr. Goodall come to Green School to address our community and graduates. As a school with a focus on environmental and sustainability issues we could not imagine a speaker with more impact to address our graduates. She has inspired people from all over the world and she will leave an indelible impression on our community and Bali,” said Chris Thompson, General Manager of Green School Bali.

“I am looking forward to my first visit to Bali and to meeting those involved in conserving the wildlife there and educating future generations to care for our world. I hope there will soon be many new groups of Roots & Shoots joining our global family of committed young people,” said Jane Goodall.

Dr. Goodall will also spend a day with Green School students to celebrate more than half a century of research into the Chimpanzees of Gombe and the associated community conservation programmes on Monday, June 16. The students will commemorate the day with music performances, plays and tributes to Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots global youth programme. Green School will also open its door for other schools in an exclusive public event at 10.30 am. The 2014 Graduation Ceremony will mark the second cohort to commence and celebrate the achievement of approximately 17 graduates of Green School Bali.

MEDIA: Media are welcome to cover this special event, representatives of Jane Goodall and the Green School will be available for a press conference. Photos of Dr. Goodall and JGI projects may be accessed via the media kit on www.janegoodall.org.

About Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE is a world-renowned ethologist, UN Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute. She began the extensive research on the behaviour of chimpanzees in the 1960s, where her findings fundamentally altered scientific thinking about the relationship between humans and animals. Her work has then become the foundation of future primatological research.

In 1977, Dr. Jane Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute and there are now 27 Jane Goodall Institutes and Roots & Shoots programmes in more than 130 countries around the world. The Gombe research is still ongoing after more than 50 years and JGI leads the global effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. TACARE is JGI’s innovative, community-centred conservation and development program in Africa and involves projects such as micro-credit, reforestation, women’s health care and education. Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots program began in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1991. Roots & Shoots has grown to involve young people of all ages in more than 130 countries around the world.

Author of many books for both adults and children, she has contributed to countless documentaries, and served as a National Geographic explorer-in residence. Dr. Goodall has received dozens of honorary degrees and been honoured by governments, non-profits, universities and professional organisations, including a medal from UNESCO, the French Legion of Honor in 2006 and HRH Prince Charles appointed Jane as a Dame of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed her as a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2002 and in 2007 she was reappointed by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

For more information about Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit www.janegoodall.org or www.rootsandshoots.org

About Green School
Green School is an international school in Bali, Indonesia whose mission is to be the #1 model of sustainability education in the world. Awarded the “2012 Greenest School on Earth” by the Center for Green Schools at the United States Green Building Council, this “destination school” has attracted over 330 preschool through high school students from more than 40 countries seeking a unique, nature-based, student-centered education. The school believes in three simple values underlying every decision: be local, let your environment be your guide and envisage how your grandchildren will be affected by your actions.

Green School was founded in 2008 by John and Cynthia Hardy who recognized a unique opportunity to create something truly inspiring and outside of the structural, conceptual, and physical limitations of most traditional schools. Its curriculum combines the academic rigour expected of schools and institutions of higher learning with hands-on experiential learning.

For more information, please visit www.greenschool.org or contact Chris Thompson and Irma Sitompul.