The Jane Goodall Hopecast

Dr. Jane Goodall

Scientist. Activist. Storyteller. Icon. Jane Goodall blazed the trail and changed the world. Now, she's studying new subjects – humans! This brand-new podcast will take listeners on a one-of –a-kind journey as they learn from Dr. Goodall's extraordinary life, hear from changemaking guests from every arena, and become awed by a growing movement sparked by Jane and fueled by hope. Join us as we get curious, grow compassion and take action to build a better world for all.

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Jane Goodall has always been curious - from passionate scientist to world renowned activist, her conviction and dedication to building a better world through conversation, storytelling and action is unparalleled. In this brand-new teaser episode, Dr. Goodall excitedly introduces the 'Jane Goodall Hopecast" which will take listeners on a one-of –a-kind journey. Hear more from Jane herself as she shares her aspirations for the podcast, a series that will help you to learn from Dr. Goodall's extraordinary life, hear from inspiring guests and become part of the movement sparked by Jane and fueled by hope. Join us as we get curious, grow compassion, and take action to make a difference every single day. Subscribe to this podcast above. Want to sponsor this podcast? Reach out to hopecast@janegoodall.org  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jun 2020

2 min 6 sec

In the premiere episode of the Hopecast, Dr. Jane Goodall records from her childhood home in Bournemouth, England, where her journey of curiosity and passion for the natural world began. This is the first time Jane has been in one place for longer than two weeks in nearly three decades, and the urgency to share her message is greater than ever. In a fireside style chat, Jane shares intimate stories from her childhood, including how growing up during World War II taught her to take nothing for granted, and why she believes hope is essential to fuel positive action, individually and together, for a better world. While Jane doesn’t shy away from the adversity we face - the Sixth Great Extinction and the Climate Crisis in particular - she shares the importance and power of making space for hope, as it spurs the indomitable human spirit to take action, even in the most grim situations. Now through the Jane Goodall Hopecast, she will share stories of hope and resilience, encouraging listeners to embrace the power of every individual to make a difference for people, other animals, and the rich tapestry of life with whom we share this precious planetary home. At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Jane speaking at the 'Understanding Chimpanzees' conference in Chicago, Illinois, in 1986, which was the catalyst moment that transformed Jane from a scientist to activist. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Dec 2020

19 min 55 sec

Dave Matthews and Dr. Jane Goodall’s kindred passion for wildlife and shared dedication to the planet has forged a close friendship between the two icons. In this intimate conversation, Dave talks about his childhood split between South Africa and the U.S. and explains how his scientist father and early experiences inspired much of his appreciation for nature and wildlife. Now an internationally acclaimed musician for over two decades, Dave uses his platform to spread awareness for environmental and conservation issues and to support organizations creating powerful impact, including the Jane Goodall Institute. The vibrancy and passion of their conversation is sparked by many difficult questions including: What are some of the biggest challenges we face in saving life on Earth and what can we each do about it? At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dave Matthews playing a tribute to Jane as she sits on stage with him. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jan 12

40 min 9 sec

Genesis Butler is a climate change activist, animal rights advocate, and founder of Genesis for Animals, a rescue and sanctuary organization. And she’s just 13 years old. In this episode, Dr. Jane Goodall talks with Genesis about her own beginnings as a young environmentalist, with both activists sharing parallel stories from the same early age, albeit seven decades apart. With empathetic hearts, curious minds, and supportive mothers, both young activists found themselves drawn to a life of advocating on behalf of people, the planet and other animals. The conversation explores what being an animal and environmental advocate means today, ways to get younger generations involved through programs like Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, and how Genesis finds hope in opening the minds and hearts of people who come to understand the profound likeness we share with other animals, and their innate value. As Dr. Goodall has shared, “We are not the only beings with personalities, rational thought and emotions. There is no sharp line dividing us from the rest of the animal kingdom. It is a very blurry line, and it gets more blurry every day.” At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Jane’s mother Vanne, her greatest support in life, telling the story of a young Jane’s disappearance as a four year old to discover where eggs come from. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jan 26

29 min 25 sec

For this first Mailbag episode, Dr. Goodall is joined by Hopecaster and podcast executive producer Michelle Khouri as they hear from Hopecasters from around the world. As she has been quarantined in her home in Bournemouth, England, since last year, Jane has been using “Virtual Jane,” including the launch of this podcast, to connect to audiences around the world. Prior to the pandemic, traveling and speaking to people from every country was how Jane inspired and was, in turn, inspired by the power of hope. Now, through Hopecaster audio recording submissions, Jane is refueled by messages and answers questions about how the Hopecast has influenced people from every age and background, after only a few episodes! Jane speaks about how she sees “mistakes” as opportunities to learn more about life. She also hears from 6-year-old Selena Marwaha in Dubai who shares her own tenacity and passion for protecting life on this precious planet, and Dr. Goodall answers a caller’s concern about how to find hope when the world’s problems can feel overwhelming. A very special Hopecaster from Colombia introduces Jane to the philosophy of “heartening,” a phrase shared by an indigenous elder which parallels what Dr. Goodall describes as, “I believe that we can only achieve our true human potential when our head and heart work together.” Submit your own questions and comments for a chance to be included in a future Mailbag episode here. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Feb 4

17 min 40 sec

Dr. Jane Goodall chats with  longtime friend Azzedine Downes about wildlife conservation, complex reflections around the pandemic and our relationship with the natural world, and the importance of redefining success to focus on the health of the planet, other animals, and ourselves. Azzedine is the President and CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), where he works to protect wildlife across the globe everyday. In this episode, Azzedine and Jane tell stories from their years of conservation work around the world,, including learnings and ways to engage, listen, and collaborate for the good of all. They also discuss the “enchanting” pangolin, the most heavily trafficked animal in the world and one of the least known, and the importance of giving animals names to increase empathy and respect for their wellbeing.  At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Jane talking about her first experiences with the pangolin on the Serengeti in 1957, a creature she calls “so worth saving.” See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Feb 9

32 min 30 sec

For this episode, Jane meets Janet Hayes, CEO of Crate and Barrel Holdings, Inc. Jane's and Janet’s conversation touches on unique, yet similar childhoods filled with exploration, as well as the practical aspect of hope, and the power of curiosity and intuition. Discussing Jane’s philosophy of partnering with companies for the greater good, Janet shares some of the ways that Crate and Barrel is championing sustainability and supporting the values of customers today, and how Jane continues to inspire her. The duo also share excitement over how that philosophy has come to life through the Jane Goodall Institute x Crate & Kids collection. The playful collection was designed to celebrate wildlife and the natural world by sparking curiosity in children and their families and providing a path to action through JGI’s youth program Roots & Shoots). The conversation’s hopeful energy stems from Jane's and Janet’s shared belief that these trying times can also foster the kinds of connection, creativity, and curiosity needed for humanity to form a better relationship with the natural world. At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Jane speaking with a young interviewer about her purpose and the importance of empowering every young person to be the change. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Feb 23

34 min 58 sec

Dr. Jane Goodall has an insightful and meaningful conversation with her good friend, Her Excellency Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, the Managing Director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. Razan has devoted her life to advocating for biodiversity protection solutions working both with governments all over the world and also with companies in the private sector. Jane and Razan reminisce over their eight years of friendship and collaboration, from establishing Roots & Shoots in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to traveling to the desert to learn about the conservation efforts started by the first Sheikh and Founder of the UAE, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Together, they discuss the importance of finding solutions that benefit communities and how modern society, just like nature, is most resilient when it is diverse. Razan distinguishes the crucial need to fight for action for both biodiversity and climate change and she shares a quote from one of her favorite authors, Elif Shafak, that echoes both her and Jane’s perspective on the future of this fight: “We need pessimism of the mind and optimism of the heart.” At the End of the Rainbow:  Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Jane reflecting on our planet's two "lungs." See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Mar 9

36 min 34 sec

For this Mailbag episode, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by honorary “Hopecaster in Chief” Shawn Sweeney, the Associate Vice President of Communications & Policy for the Jane Goodall Institute. Shawn and Dr. Goodall listen to inspiring and insightful messages from Hopecasters around the world. A young Hopecaster from Mexico thanks Dr. Jane for being her reason for hope by always making space for love and kindness. She also hears from a Hopecaster in Canada who asks Jane how she manages her mental health when the state of the world seems so negative. And at just 11 years old, Hopecaster Heidi from the UK is already taking action by designing and selling postcards to raise money for conservation, very much in line with the work of JGI’s Roots & Shoots program. Her question inspires Jane to reminisce upon one of the proudest moments of her life. Submit your own questions and comments for a chance to be included in a future Mailbag episode here. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Mar 16

16 min 41 sec

Dr. Jane Goodall sits down for an exciting and inspiring conversation with her longtime friend, British foreign correspondent and world affairs editor of BBC News, John Simpson. They reminisce upon their most memorable and intrepid adventures and share their experiences traveling to some extraordinary places, often via single engine planes. John shares how fate landed him in a recently bombed hospital in war torn Sarajevo and how a local surgeon saved him. They both remark upon how they were often guided by intuition and courage in moments of their careers that might have seemed “jolly stupid” to some of their colleagues, but have yielded great success for both of them. Dr. Goodall also discusses what it was like to demonstrate her research on Gombe chimpanzees after publishing papers on the “Four Year War” among a divided chimpanzee group - one of the first observations of great ape “warfare.” The result was controversial concepts on innate aggression in great apes during “nature vs. nurture” scientific debates of the 1970s. John and Jane have an enlightening and open-minded discussion on spirituality, including where they find their deepest connection to life’s greater meaning. At the End of the Rainbow:  Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall seeing for the first time how chimpanzees use and create tools - an insight that forever redefined what it means to be “human” as part of the rest of the animal kingdom. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Mar 23

32 min 11 sec

In this fireside chat, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by John Scanlon, who is CEO of Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation and chair of the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime, of which the Jane Goodall Institute Global is a champion. Recently John served as Special Envoy for African Parks and was the Secretary General of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. John has dedicated his life to ensuring the safety and conservation of countless species of plants and animals. John and Jane have an insightful and moving conversation about the dire need to more effectively protect wildlife against criminal activities by joining forces beyond national borders, as well as work with local communities. For Jane’s part, she promotes education through Roots & Shoots youth programs and JGI’s Triangle Approach in countries like the Republic of the Congo, including work with law enforcement and sanctuaries, as well as the ForeverWild campaign. John, for the sake of future generations, finds hope in fighting for a better, more equitable world for all species. “We can't, in good conscience, leave the next generation with the system that we're living with today when we know that it's not fit for purpose.” At the End of the Rainbow:  Stay to the end of the episode to hear a never-before-aired clip of Dr. Goodall’s speech for Interpol in 2020, urging communities, countries and citizens around the world to unite to end the devastating trade of vulnerable wildlife. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Apr 6

38 min 42 sec

In this episode, Dr. Goodall speaks with one of her biggest inspirations and good friends, Craig Foster of “My Octopus Teacher,” an Academy Award® nominated, BAFTA Best Documentary award-winning Netflix original, and co-founder of the Sea Change Project. In this captivating conversation, Jane and Craig speak about their passion for saving forests - for Jane, dense forests on land, and for Craig, kelp forests in the ocean. Craig shares how his documentary honors the eight-legged teacher he met in a remote kelp forest in False Bay, South Africa. Craig embodies the power of storytelling by showing the sentience, grace, and intelligence of our planet’s many species. Dr. Goodall and Craig have this in common and have used their profound and special ability to connect with non-human animals, chimpanzees and octopus, to share their individual stories worldwide, motivating conservation action. About his experience during the film, Craig speaks to the hope his octopus teacher instilled in him. This conversation demonstrates what it means to use science as a tool for growing understanding, and how we can each find teachers even in the most unexpected places.  *Dr. Goodall and JGI do not endorse close proximity or handling of wildlife.*  This episode is sponsored by Netflix. At the End of the Rainbow:  Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall describing one of her first interactions with now-famous Gombe, Tanzania chimpanzee David Graybeard. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Apr 20

41 min 37 sec

For this Mailbag episode, Dr. Goodall is joined by Hopecaster and podcast executive producer Michelle Khouri as they hear from Hopecasters from around the world. Jane and Michelle listen to a heartwarming and encouraging call from an 8-year-old Hopecaster in China who shares her dream of being an astronaut, and whose love of animals and nature was inspired by Jane. In another message, a courageous young Hopecaster shares her difficult journey of immigration from Iran to the U.S. and her ongoing difficulties with this issue, and tells Jane that her reason for hope comes from the story of the anemone, a beautiful, delicate flower that grows in the most inhospitable areas. Jane shares with this Hopecaster that this flower is like the indomitable human spirit “that enables us to have hope, even in the darkest times.” Click here to submit your own questions and comments for a chance to be included in a future Mailbag episode. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Apr 27

16 min 41 sec

In this episode, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Emmanuel Mtiti, who she has worked with for nearly three decades. Emmanuel Mtiti, senior program and policy director at JGI Tanzania, is one of the co-creators of ‘Tacare’ - JGI’s community-driven conservation approach - alongside Dr. Goodall and George Strunden. Mtiti shares how this holistic, community-centered approach to conservation supports local ownership of the process of human development and managing local environments. In this illuminating conversation, Jane and Mtiti reminisce on how Tacare started in 1995 with just 12 Tanzanian villages around Gombe, and how today the innovative program includes 104 villages in Western Tanzania. As JGI has grown, so has Tacare with programs now in several countries including DRC, Republic of the Congo, Uganda and more across the chimpanzee range in Africa. Jane and Mtiti reflect on how this approach has provided a roadmap for the future of harmonious coexistence with the natural world. Together they discuss JGI's hope for the expansion of this model around the world.  At the End of the Rainbow:  Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall reflecting on the perspective she gained by flying over Gombe National Park, which helped her realize that helping to improve quality of life for people who live around the park was integral in creating lasting change for wildlife and habitats. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

May 4

33 min 26 sec

In this episode, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Dr. Rebeca Atencia, someone she deeply respects and has been working with for over 16 years. Dr. Atencia is the Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute in the Republic of Congo and Manager/Head veterinarian at JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in Africa. Jane thinks of her, “the mother of the chimpanzees of Tchimpounga,” a sanctuary that has housed hundreds of rescued chimpanzees, all victims of the illegal pet and bushmeat trade in the region. In the episode, Rebeca shares about how she became inspired to rescue wildlife as a young child in Spain when she encountered a dedicated ranger saving baby animals from a forest fire. Jane and Rebeca weave together how their individual experiences led them to cross paths in a forest in the Congo, and how much Jane recognizes aspects of herself in Rebeca. Today, Rebeca embodies Jane’s passion and respect for every individual animal and is helping to carry forward Jane’s lifelong mission to ensure the dignity and quality of life for great apes, in the wild and in captivity. During the conversation, Rebeca shares an incredible story of a time when a chimpanzee did something remarkable that saved her life. Ultimately, the two talk about how they find hope in the people doing the work of rehabilitation, rescue, and advocacy today, and why these innately valuable, sentient, and complex beings are so worth fighting for.  At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall describing the profound moment she saw Dr. Rebeca Atencia save the life of the critically wounded chimpanzee, Wounda, and perform the first (known) ever chimp-to-chimp blood transfusion in Africa. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

May 18

32 min 44 sec

In this episode, Dr. Jane Goodall sits down for a conversation with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, author, as well as founder of Urban Ocean Lab, co-host of the podcast "How To Save The Planet", and co-editor of "All We Can Save,” an anthology of essays and poetry by women leading on climate. Ayana and Jane share their love of the oceans and the forests, respectively, speaking on the complexities of their ecosystems and the differences, but also how necessary both are to our planet’s survival. Jane and Ayana talk about their definitions of hope and how Ayana translates the message of having hope into having courage and working together for the greater goal of climate action. From Jane’s lifelong dedication to environmentalism, advocacy, and studying the natural world, she tells Ayana how after all these years and everything she’s witnessed she still has hope. Ayana shares that her hope, like Jane, comes from the younger generation. Listen to this passionate and inspiring conversation to learn more about what makes Ayana say, “I think I needed a little dose of hope from Jane Goodall, myself.” At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall speaking in her first National Geographic film ‘Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees,’ from 1965 about her own determination and how, despite all the hardships, “there was never any thought of quitting.” See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jun 1

35 min 41 sec

For this Mailbag episode and our final episode of the season, Dr. Goodall is joined by Hopecaster and Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute, USA, Anna Rathmann, as they hear from Hopecasters from around the world to close out the first season of The Jane Goodall Hopecast. Jane and Anna listen to powerful messages about what being part of the natural world means to Hopecasters, and how they take action to protect our shared planet. To Mimi from Myanmar, living on Earth means “family.” To Dr. Kulkarni, a biologist at Harvard University, living on Earth means “ours,” as in something that is shared. Anna and Jane reflect on how different countries and people the Hopecast has been able to reach and how Jane has continued to inspire younger generations to take on climate change and animal advocacy. One young Hopecaster from Spain encapsulates what the Hopecast has meant to her and how Jane’s words have encouraged her to become an activist at just 13 years old, telling Dr. Goodall: “You're more than an inspiration. You're the voice of hope.” Stay to the end of the episode for an exciting announcement from Jane and Anna. Click here to submit your own questions and comments for a chance to be included in a future Mailbag episode. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jun 10

25 min 49 sec

In December of 2020, Dr. Jane Goodall introduced the first season of the Hopecast amidst one of the worst pandemics in our time. Finding herself no longer able to safely share her message of hope by traveling the world as she’d done for the better part of 40 years, the world-renowned activist didn’t let that stop her. She reinvented herself as Virtual Jane, and without ever leaving her childhood home in Bournemouth, England, recorded intimate conversations with humans who have dedicated their lives to helping people, animals, and the planet. Soon, what started as a way for Jane to maintain the important connections she cherishes so deeply turned into a global movement. Since the show’s launch, Hopecasters from 131 countries have tuned in to hear her speak with extraordinary people such as Dave Matthews, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, and Craig Foster. Jane also experienced the ability to connect with people meaningfully through our mailbag episodes, in which she responds to thoughtful submissions from Hopecasters all over the world. Nearly a year later, we're still struggling with the pandemic, and we still need hope. In this second season, Jane returns to continue building a supportive community that can turn hope into action to build a better world. In anticipation for this next collection of conversations, listen to the trailer to hear Jane’s inspiring voice and some of the most exciting clips from season 1.

Aug 31

4 min 48 sec

In the very special premiere episode of the Hopecast’s second season, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Dan Springer, CEO of DocuSign and sustainability thought leader extraordinaire. Dan and Jane’s discussion offers a unique perspective about what big tech companies should do in the fight to make this world a better place through investing in conservation, helping employees get engaged with volunteering, and finding tangible ways to address inequality. Docusign represents these efforts by saving millions of trees and eliminating the use of billions of sheets of paper. Their DocuSign for Forests initiative has also committed over $2.5 million to organizations doing critical work to preserve the world’s forests. During the episode, Dan and Jane discuss the importance of standing together at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and how Jane has often used this approach which reaches across industries and perspectives to make a bigger difference, together. Dan has become a tremendous partner to Jane and JGI, and also even went on to create a Roots & Shoots group, as part of Jane’s youth program Roots & Shoots, at DocuSign thanks to Jane’s “amazing persuasion skills.” Dan and Jane talk about maintaining hope through trying times and the essential increasing levels of recognition and action in the face of injustices. Listen to Dan and Jane’s incredible and illuminating conversation to learn more about the responsibility and opportunity for businesses to take action by connecting the heart and mind to drive positive environmental impact.  BONUS: Check out even more from Dr. Goodall and Dan’s purposeful pairing here.   At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a clip of Jane speaking about why her philosophy to “think locally, act locally” is so crucial to making the world a better place.

Sep 28

29 min 34 sec

In this episode of the Hopecast, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Lisa Jackson, the vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives at Apple. Lisa and Jane’s conversation offers a look at how businesses can, in fact, be innovators and leaders in sustainability, as well as environmental justice and action. Before Lisa became a leader in this space, she was set on becoming a doctor, pivoting after to engineering. Upon better understanding of the impacts of pollution and the degradation of the environment on human health, she combined her interests to apply them in positions as fundamental as head of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama Administration. Lisa and Jane discuss how positive environmental impact can be made in any industry, by every individual, and how change happens from people speaking up in their respective companies and locally. Lisa additionally explains how she is working to make Apple’s entire supply chain carbon neutral by 2030, and how though there is a long way to go, that a tremendous amount of progress has been made. Jane, who often reaches across industries to support positive actions like that of Apple, explains why it is critically important that one of the largest corporations in the world is taking positive steps forward, creating ripple effects around the globe. Listen to this inspiring conversation about how both Lisa and Jane turn their hope into action, from the tech world to community-led conservation and beyond. At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a clip of Jane speaking about why recycling our cell phones, and reducing our consumption, is important in order to reduce harm to ecosystems, wildlife, and human communities.

Oct 12

39 min 13 sec

In this episode of the Hopecast, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Rhett Butler, an award winning journalist and the founder and CEO of Mongabay, a nonprofit environmental media organization. Rhett and Jane’s conversation offers a look at how news outlets can inform the public of the detrimental effects of climate change and environmental destruction while also highlighting the many positive stories of effective action and change. When Rhett was 17, he went to Malaysian Borneo and had a magical encounter with a wild male orangutan in the rainforest, when the orangutan stood within 30 feet of him and paused for a few moments to look at him. Rhett came back home to California and kept in correspondence with the scientists there. Several months later, Rhett found out that that same forest he had that surreal experience in was pulped to make paper, and became an oil palm plantation. This experience, among many others, pushed Rhett to take action to spread awareness. What was once meant to be a book became what is now known as Mongabay. Rhett and Jane discuss how news outlets, journalists, and whistleblowers can hold corporations accountable and encourage individuals, as well as policy action to ultimately protect our one and only home. Rhett shares stories that Mongabay has covered that keep the public informed, center indigenous and local communities, provide success stories, and have even prevented further devastation from occurring. Listen to this hopeful conversation about how sharing knowledge with storytelling can create positive change for humans, wildlife, and the environment. At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a clip of Jane speaking about how a different future awaits us, one where rainforests are prioritized and protected, and how we can be a part of creating that future.

Oct 26

31 min 1 sec

In this episode of the Hopecast, Dr. Goodall is joined by her grandson, Merlin van Lawick, as they hear from Hopecasters from around the world. Jane and Merlin listen to powerful messages about Hopecasters' desire and mission to protect nature and wildlife, asking Jane how they can help, and how Jane continually inspires them. Jesica, from Colombia, now living in Sweden, reflects on how the Hopecast gives her hope in her pursuit of her PhD as she works to protect and defend the Amazon Rainforest. Jodi in Queensland, Australia, shares her efforts to move away from hierarchical thinking and embrace diversity in thought in order to solve environmental crises. Tina, living in Canada, asks Jane what she can do to make a difference as a young person. Jane and Merlin reflect on the power of sharing stories in influencing change, and the incredible momentum and drive of young change-makers, particularly in JGI’s youth program Roots & Shoots. One young Hopecaster from Indiana thanks Jane for connecting her to the natural world and igniting her passion for helping animals at just 12 years old, telling Dr. Goodall: “you showed me that animals have a voice that needs to be heard.” Hey Hopecasters! Submit your own questions and comments for a chance to be included in a future Mailbag episode here.

Nov 2

20 min 31 sec

In this episode of the Hopecast, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Christiana Figueres, a globally recognized leader on international climate action. She was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010-2016, and played a major role in the formation of the landmark climate agreement known as the Paris Accord in 2015. Today, she is the co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the podcast “Outrage & Optimism” and is the co-author of the recently published book, “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis." As the world has its eyes on COP26, Christiana and Jane’s conversation offers a look at how individual action, such as small acts of kindness toward one animal species, blossoms into the collective action we need. When Christiana was 10 years old, she took a trip with her parents to the beautiful Monteverde Rainforest in her home country, Costa Rica. There, she encountered a magnificent golden toad that forever tethered her to the natural world. Once she became a mother, Christiana felt it was critical for her daughter’s to develop that same connection. When she took her daughters to that same rainforest, she was pained to discover that the golden toad that was endemic to that rainforest and was the catalyst to her deep love of nature had gone extinct likely due to the Climate Crisis. This experience, among many others, influenced Christiana’s decision to dedicate her life to addressing this existential issue. Christiana and Jane discuss how cultivating a connection to the natural world at a young age is critically important so that once folks become young adults and older adults, they remember the beauty and magic that we must systematically fight to protect every day. Listen to this hopeful conversation about how to turn awe and inspiration from nature into local and impactful action. At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a clip of Jane speaking as the UN Messenger of Peace at the Earth to Paris summit in Paris, France in 2015 about how making small, individual changes can have a big, collective impact.

Nov 9

24 min 44 sec

In this episode of the Hopecast, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Dr. Evan Antin, an exotic animal and wildlife veterinarian at Conejo Valley Vet Hospital and animal advocate. His passion for animals and educational posts have amassed him over 1 million followers on Instagram. He also works with the Jane Goodall Institute to raise awareness around the need to stop harmful animal selfies on social media, through JGI’s ForeverWild campaign. Growing up in Kansas, he was always fascinated with wildlife and the local ecosystems that existed in the creek in his backyard. Jane and Evan discuss how their inexplicable immediate love for animals as children impacted their chosen paths in life and their dedication to educating people to protect them, as individuals and as species. Dr. Antin speaks about how inspired he is by Dr. Goodall’s new book, The Book of Hope, and how the messages in the book are exactly what the world needs right now. Evan asks Jane about what she has learned from spending so much time alone in nature and Jane shares her spiritual belief that there is “intelligence behind the universe.” Together, they discuss what they’ve learned from their time spent with wild and domesticated animals and how it has changed their outlook on the world. Jane describes how she sees her role in life and in her lifelong career, a sentiment shared by Dr. Antin: “A naturalist is driven by awe and wonder and a deep desire to find out the truth.” At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear an archival clip of Dr. Jane Goodall speaking about how much the scientific community can learn from observing the interactions, emotions, and resourcefulness of chimpanzees in the wild.

Nov 23

30 min 31 sec