URGES RENEWED COMMITMENT TO
PRESERVING ENVIRONMENT, HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
- The same nurturing she received from her mother is what Dr. Jane
Goodall hopes to impart through Roots and Shoots, a program sponsored
by her institute. Goodall, famous for her work with chimpanzees
in Africa, was on The University of Southern Mississippi campus
Wednesday where she discussed her life's work with students, faculty
was among her stops on a months-long North American tour to promote
the work of her institute, including Roots and Shoots, which helps
youth organize to learn about their communities and plan and implement
projects to promote care and concern for people, animals and the
she has seen the transformation of youth involved in Roots and Shoots
who before felt disconnected to their community and hopeless. "I've
seen the change," she said. "They feel they belong."
An ardent environmentalist,
Goodall encouraged her audience to do their part to help preserve
nature and promote peace in the world, starting in their own communities.
"We haven't been good stewards (of the Earth)," Goodall
said, remarking that she feels "ashamed" when witnessing
the effects of the harm done both to the environment and to animals
She also noted
that environmental changes have threatened the very chimpanzees
that she has focused much of her research by reducing their population
from more than 2 million 100 years ago to about 200,000 today.
threats to the planet and its inhabitants, both human and animal,
Goodall maintains that the strength of what she described as the
indomitable human spirit keeps hope alive for positive change. She
noted that some areas across the globe that were once polluted are
now thriving and accessible due to conservasionist efforts, and
that changing attitudes in the political arena have led world leaders
to reconsider commercial development in favor of environmental preservation
her own mother for encouraging an early interest in animal life
and never giving up hope that she could achieve whatever she wanted
through personal perseverance. In the same way her mother gave her
hope to find the answers to her questions about the world around
her, the Roots and Shoots program gives Goodall the optimism that
a new generation will learn to become good stewards of a world for
which she cares so deeply."This (Roots and Shoots) is what's
giving me hope for the future," she said.Goodall was accompanied
by Jeanne McCarty, a Southern Miss graduate who serves as vice-president
and director for the Roots and Shoots program.
there are 20 Roots and Shoots groups in Mississippi, including several
at Hattiesburg High School. Earlier in the day, Goodall and McCarty
visited HHS, where they observed a pilot-tested curriculum supported
by the Goodall Institute known as "Lessons for Hope,"
which is funded in part by a grant from BellSouth.
Hope is a Web-based project written by the Jane Goodall Institute
that enables high school students to learn about Goodall's work
and her optimism and hope for the future. As part of this program,
students learn about the ways that Goodall has sustained herself
throughout her 40 years of researching chimpanzees, as well as promoting
care and concern for all living things. Course activities give students
an opportunity to apply Goodall's principles to make a positive
contribution in their world.
is such a nurturing community," said McCarty, a Hattiesburg
native and HHS graduate. "Many of the values - such as compassion
and commitment to community - are intrinsic to Mississippi."
Bournemouth, England, Goodall worked in Africa for the British-Kenyan
Louis S. B. Leakey, at whose suggestion she set up camp in 1960
in the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve on Lake Tanganyika. For about
10 years, Goodall studied the rarely observed lives of chimpanzees,
discovering such behavior patterns as their ability to use twigs
for extracting termites from nests. She chronicled her observations
and work about chimpanzees in 1971 in her popular book, In the Shadow
of Man. In 1977, Goodall founded The Jane Goodall Institute for
Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation. She has established
chimpanzee sanctuaries for the care and rehabilitation of orphaned
chimpanzees in four African countries. In 1995 she was awarded the
National Geographic Society's prestigious Hubbard Medal and has
been named one of nine Messengers for Peace by the United Nations.
PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10
-- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead
two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on
Wednesday, March 10.
He will present
a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then
a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at
7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.
the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium
at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003
photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer
questions and sign his books during the reception following his
fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL.
Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks.
Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward
beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees
will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the
more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I
lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."
participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless
they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.
a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between
shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition,
use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography,
techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide
etiquette, the photography business and marketing.
up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern
Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his
career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with
nature photography for the past 29 years.
of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from
all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications
such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana
Outdoors and Life.
He has published
six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the
Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo
Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said
Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.
his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins
sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach
to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural
The GCRL is
home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center
for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also
a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss
College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the
laboratory at (228) 872-4200.