1. Climb for Chimps Success!
In case you missed the very exciting news, our JGIA Climb for Chimps team successfully summited Kilimanjaro this month! It was an immense physical and mental challenge for the climbers and though all did not quite reach the peak, in their words the experience left them “tired, but exuberant and elated!” Some fun facts about the climb: they were accompanied by 30 porters, two chefs and three guides; their combined age was 330 years so not the youngest group on the hill, but with the youngest participant by far at age 14!; their final ascent took 21 hours, 3.8 vertical kilometres and more than 100,000 steps to reach the chilly (-20°C) Uhuru Summit at 5895m. Of course it was all for a great cause as they raised more than $32,400 for the Jane Goodall Institute Australia. Thank you and congratulations to Alex, Laura, Jeff, James, Polly and Mark!
2. Register to Recycle Today
If our first story has inspired you, but you’re not quite up for climbing a snowy peak, how about doing something as simple as recycling your old mobile phones to make a difference and raise money for JGIA? Our mobile phone recycling campaign is now live at schools across the nation. From now until the end of Term 1 all you have to do as a parent, student, teacher or friend, is to register to be part of the program, place a collection box at your school and spread the word. Recycling disused mobile phones and accessories is a great way to raise awareness that our technological gadgets are made up of materials that can be recycled rather than mined from underneath the forests where chimpanzees live. It’s free and easy and a great way to make a difference and reduce our impact on the planet. Our generous partners, Mobile Muster and Phone Cycle, donate funds to JGIA for each phone collected. As a special incentive, the school that collects the most phones during the 2017 Term 1 campaign will get a personalised video from Dr Jane herself! For more information, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more on our JGIA or R&S websites.
3. 40th Anniversary of JGI
This year, the Jane Goodall Institute celebrates our 40th anniversary as a global organisation! From its humble beginnings as an idea back in Gombe in 1977, to establishment of the first office in the United States, we could never have imagined we would grow to 35 global offices with Roots & Shoots in almost 100 countries. Now, as we were then, we are powered by science and hope and believe that wisdom, leadership and collaboration can show us how to coexist peacefully with nature and each other. For 40 years, JGI has led the environmental movement with brilliant solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time. With support from individuals like you, we will continue to be a leader in conservation, education, and research for the next 40 years as we realise Dr. Jane Goodall’s legacy of hope for a better, greener tomorrow and beyond. To be a part of the movement and show your support, please donate today or simply join our thunderclap to wish us a happy birthday!
4. Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival
We were very pleased to participate in the Sustainable Living Festival’s Green Market held in Melbourne this month. JGIA co-founder Alicia, Roots & Shoots Victoria Coordinator Mel and National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) member Asitha had a wonderful time talking to visitors about Roots & Shoots, our palm oil campaign and video and of course Dr. Jane’s upcoming visit to Australia. We would like to thank everyone who visited our stall, including those who are already doing amazing things to create a positive change for animals, people and the environment. We look forward to seeing several familiar faces at our future events! To keep up to date with R&S and the NYLC, follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
5. Win Free Transitions Film Festival Tickets
JGIA is pleased to share that the Transitions Film Festival is coming to Sydney and Brisbane in March with an inspirational line up of world-changing films. To celebrate, we have a double pass to give away to A Plastic Ocean, screening Saturday 11 March at 1:30pm at Zenith Theatre, Chatswood and Saturday 25 March at 7:00pm at New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane. Described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the most important films of our time”, A Plastic Ocean is an exploration of the devastating impacts plastic is having on our oceans and our health and what we can do about it, before it is too late. For your chance to win, head to the Transitions Film Festival ‘win’ page and enter the code SAPLASTICGOODALL (for Sydney) and BAPLASTICGOODALL (for Brisbane). Good luck and check out the full festival program, including H.O.P.E – What you eat Matters featuring our very own Dr Jane Goodall, via the website.
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to buy your tickets today to see Dr Jane Goodall herself in Australia in June 2017. To keep up to date and access special opportunities, become a member of the JGIA family. Of course you can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.