World renowned primatologist Dr Jane Goodall to take part in NI climate panel discussion

In one of its biggest-ever bookings, the NI Science Festival welcomes legendary primatologist Dr Jane Goodall to take part in a climate panel discussion.

Dr Jane Goodall in Gombe National Park
Dr Jane Goodall in Gombe National Park

Dr Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977, an organisation which exists to advance her lifelong work to protect chimpanzees from extinction. Her work also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.

The discussion ‘How to Save the Planet’ presented in partnership with British Council Northern Ireland, has been organised to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, which will be hosted in Glasgow later this year.

Hosted by wildlife biologist, broadcaster, filmmaker, and conservationist Lizzie Daly, the panel also includes environmental scientist Dr Tara Shine who, over the past two decades, has advised world leaders and international organisations about climate change, climate justice and sustainable development.

Wildlife biologist, broadcaster, filmmaker and conservationist Lizzie Daly

Completing the panel is 17-year-old climate and ecological activist from NI, Anna Kernahan, founder of Friday for Future in Belfast which is behind the student-led climate strikes originally inspired by activist Greta Thunberg.

NI Science Festival director Chris McCreery said: “We all have a collective responsibility to address our environmental footprint and to effect positive and transformational change. We hope this discussion can be a source of inspiration in pursuit of a more sustainable future.”

The NI Science Festival ( runs for two weeks from Monday with a digital programme featuring over 120 events. How to Save the Planet panel discussion will broadcast for free on Monday from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Environmental scientist Dr Tara Shine
Local climate and ecological activist Anna Kernahan