Jane Goodall-Chris Hoy
Birthday Message to Dr. Jane Goodall
Wildlife artist Chris Hoy was struck by the magnificence of animals and the earth at an early age, and it became the first inspiration for his work. Over his career he has been blessed to travel to all seven continents and experience wildlife up close and personal, as well as meet many influential people who have made a mark in the world of wildlife conservation. Chris admires many people in this field, but few so much as Dr. Jane Goodall. She has dedicated her entire adult life to the research and preservation of chimpanzees, and without her, they would likely have already gone extinct. Her work over the past nearly 60 years has touched millions of lives and has paved the way for conservation of not only chimpanzees, but many other endangered species as well. All who have heard her speak have found her words not only inspiring but also empowering.
Chris had the opportunity to meet Jane in Laguna Beach, CA, and spend some quality one-on-one time talking to her about their similar experiences and passion for wildlife. He respects that for so many years she has been driven by a purpose to create positive change for both animals and the environment. Jane’s love and compassion for all living things promotes people of all beliefs and cultures to take action in making the world a better place. The fact that she travels the globe over 300 days per year educating students, conservationists, and government officials about the importance of saving wildlife for future generations, shows her true dedication and determination in changing the world. She has accomplished more in the name of conservation than anyone else and her writings are unsurpassed.
Jane’s work with her global youth program, Roots & Shoots, in Chris’s opinion, is one of the greatest things in all of the world. The young people of the world are the future of all animals and the environment. What they learn at a young age they will carry with them throughout their lives, and then they will teach their children and grandchildren about it as well. In the past one hundred years, we have lost thousands of species to extinction, and without a great effort that number will continue to drastically rise. The Roots & Shoots program educates young people about the value of life and saving our environment from destruction. This program now has grown to nearly 150,000 members in more than 120 countries who have contributed over 1 million hours of service in their communities. This is probably the biggest youth movement for our planet ever to exist, and it is all due to the vision of Dr. Goodall.
Chris dedicates the illustration above to the love, compassion and inspiration that Jane has provoked in each and every one of us who love animals. Wishing a very Happy Birthday to a true living legend!
Since high school, Chris Hoy has been passionate about art and wildlife. Chris’s photographer, Christina Bush, assisted him with writing his tribute.