Dame Jane Goodall, ethologist and conservationist has dedicated her life to understanding animals and in particular holds a fascination with chimpanzees. Jane championed the idea that chimpanzees have emotions, minds and personalities. An idea which is now commonly accepted.
In 1963 Jane was commissioned by National Geographic to document her life in Gombe, and subsequently she published her first article with the publication, "My Life Among Wild Chimpanzees". Jane has since written many articles documenting her findings and also published two autobiographies.
In 2004 Jane was made a Dame of the British Empire. She has also achieved the UNESCO Gold Medal Award.
Jane currently travels an average of 300 days per year speaking in venues around the world and the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises and her reasons for hope that we will solve the problems that we have imposed on the earth.
Recently Jane paid a visit to Damer's First School in Dorset to see all their hard work surrounding plastics pollution and their Delphis Eco Turtle. Also visiting the children was Princess Marie Esmeralda of Belgium, Sarah Begum - TV Presenter and Journalist.
It is incredible to see how much recognition these forward thinking children are receiving for their fantastic work to reduce our impact on the environment.
Initiatives include their Refill Dorset Scheme, encouraging local businesses to offer free tap water refills to anyone with a reusable bottle, to discourage unnecessary sales of single-use plastic water bottles, contributing to our plastic pollution crisis.
The wonderful school also adopted a Delphis Eco Turtle, a recycled metal station filled with concentrate cleaning products that parents and stuff can refill spray bottles - saving on plastic and encouraging reusing.