Dr Goodall spent some special time in conversation with various members fo the New Zealand government whilst in New Zealand.
A very special meeting took place between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and our own Dr. Jane Goodall, JGINZ Founder and CEO, Dr. Melanie Vivian and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard. Topics in the conversation included work towards prosperity of animals, people and planet taking place in New Zelaand and some of the areas in urgent need of action. Youth edcuaiton and empowerment, and the Roots & Shoots programme, where also a focus.
Dr. Jane Goodall met NZ Minister of Conservation - Eugenie Sage, to discuss what more needs to be done to support nature in Aotearoa. A wonderful way to mark International Biological Diversity Day.
The discussion included the need for less impact on the New Zealand environment from intensive agriculture, GMOs, legislation to support NZ native dolphins, a closure of the domestic ivory trade in New Zealand and the need for collaboration for impacts. Along with an in-depth conversation on the need for New Zealanders to, yes, control invasive alien species, but to do so as humanely as possible and without any vilification of species or individual animals - Such as the use of the term 'pest'. As Dr. Goodall reiterated, these species did not choose to be in NZ and they too are sentient beings. Vilification of species, young people partaking in control of non-natives and breaking down the connection between themselves and the other animals that we share the planet with is corrosive to longer term goals of the enhanced connection of people and flora, fauna and the environment, that we need to enable all to flourish. For JGINZ the key is in education and empowerment, via our Roots & Shoots programme, also discussed, during this fruitful conversation.
Dr Goodall also partook in a most enjoayble meeting with MP, and trailblazer, Chlöe Swarbrick and took part in a podcast, which you can also enjoy.