National Geographic is celebrating this year’s Earth Day, with a brand new documentary, Jane Goodall: The Hope, which is a follow up to the 2017 documentary Jane (which is also available on Disney+).
In this documentary, we get to see a behind the scenes look at the life of the environmentalist, how she travels the world for over 300 days a year, meeting with everyone from schoolchildren in Zanzibar to Silicon Valley tech giants to Prince Harry, using wisdom, heart and humor to spread a message of hope and show that every individual has the potential be a catalyst and create lasting change.
We get to see what she has done over over the past 60 years, see her incredible life and dedication to chimpanzees, global climate change, women’s equality and generally doing everything she can, to make the world a better place. Considering she is 85 years old, it’s amazing to see how devoted she is and how aware she is that she doesn’t have much time left to make an impact.
Jane is an unlikely activist, she is shy and softly spoken, in fact she never wanted to be famous, she would much rather spend her time in Tanzania with the monkeys. She often says that she doesn’t enjoy travelling the globe, but the desire to make the world better keeps her going on. Working within the system was how she made her impact, dealing with companies and governments to make a difference.
If you’ve never heard of Jane Goodall, it doesn’t matter, I wasn’t aware of Jane Goodall until last year, when I spotted her documentary on Disney+. This documentary is a fascinating insight into her life, especially the “Roots & Shoots” program, which is all about empowering young people with knowledge and how to make a difference. She realised the young will grow into adults, with the power to make an impact. This program has been running for over 30 years and it has made a huge difference around the globe.
I’m really glad Disney is making the most of Earth Day and putting this documentary on Disney+ on the same day as it’s on National Geographic, hopefully more people will see this film, because her message is so important.
This is a wonderful documentary and the difference she has made throughout her life are incredible. It’s a powerful film and an easy recommendation for everyone.
Rating 4.5 out of 5
Jane Goodall: The Hope will be available on April 22nd 9/8c on Nat Geo and Nat Geo WILD, along with Hulu and Disney+.
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.