Decide What Kind of Difference You Want to Make

Jane Goodall

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Inspirational Leadership Quotes - Jane Goodall: "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
Jane Goodall: "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
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Michael Neugebauer/the Jane Goodall Institute

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE (1934-) is a renowned ethologist and conservationist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace. 

Goodall is known for her landmark research into chimpanzees of the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in the 1960s. By immersing herself in their habitat, she was able to uncover groundbreaking insights, such as that chimpanzees make and use tools, which revolutionized the world of primatology and redefined the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to advance her work around the world and for generations to come. In 1991, Goodall founded Roots & Shoots, a global program that has greatly impacted tens of thousands of young people in over 65 countries to act as informed conservation leaders.

Dr. Goodall is the recipient of many honours, including the Medal of Tanzania, the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal, Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, the UNESCO 60th Anniversary Medal, and the Gandhi/King Award for Nonviolence. In April 2002, Secretary-General Kofi Annan named Dr. Goodall a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In a 2004 ceremony at Buckingham Palace, she became a Dame Commander of the British Empire. In 2006, she received France's highest recognition, the Legion of Honor.

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