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Pink goes Green with New Dr. Jane Goodall Barbie Doll Made from Recycled waterway plastic

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Pink goes Green with New Dr. Jane Goodall Barbie Doll Made from Recycled waterway plastic
Source: The Jane Goodall Foundation

With bodies made from a minimum of 90% recycled plastic, Barbie Inspiring Women Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time; courageous women who took risks, changed rules, and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before. — Dr. Goodall is definitely one such pioneering woman.

New Barbie Doll Made of Recycled Plastic Pays Tribute to Dr. Jane Goodall

Barbie’s infamous Pink is going green with a new doll modelled after Dr Jane Goodall, which Mattel released on Tuesday, ahead of the annual  World Chimpanzee Day on Thursday 14 July. The 88-year-old researcher told PEOPLE she is "absolutely delighted" to see herself as a Barbie doll, something she long hoped for. Goodall says she wants her Barbie to "inspire little girls" everywhere.

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Dr. Jane Goodall Barbie Inspiring Women Doll

Mattel’s new Barbie Inspiring Women Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time; courageous women who took risks, changed rules, and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before. 

Recognising decades of dedication, ground-breaking research, and heroic achievements as a conservationist, animal behavior expert, and activist, Barbie honours Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, with a collectible doll made from recycled plastic*. 

Joined by chimpanzee David Greybeard, Dr. Jane Goodall Barbie doll wears field attire and comes equipped with a pair of binoculars and a notebook.

Doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity included. 

*Plastic parts made from a minimum of 90% recycled plastic (excluding doll head, hair, and chimpanzee head) sourced within 50km of waterways in areas lacking formal waste collection systems. Chimp body made from recycled plastic.

Source: Mattel

Barbie honours Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, with a collectible doll made from recycled plastic. Source: MATTEL
Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through nearly 60 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.
In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through nearly 60 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. Source: janegoodall.org

EARLY DISCOVERIES of dr. Jane Goodall

When Jane Goodall entered the forest of Gombe, the world knew very little about chimpanzees, and even less about their unique genetic kinship to humans. 

She took an unorthodox approach in her field research, immersing herself in their habitat and their lives to experience their complex society as a neighbor rather than a distant observer and coming to understand them not only as a species, but also as individuals with emotions and long-term bonds. 

Dr. Jane Goodall’s discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools is considered one of the greatest achievements of twentieth-century scholarship. Her field research at Gombe transformed our understanding of chimpanzees and redefined the relationship between humans and animals in ways that continue to emanate around the world. 

Source: JaneGoodall.org 

Dr. Jane Goodall has been an inspiration to little girls everywhere for decades. Source: MATTEL

Jane Goodall: Conservationist

A New Way Forward: On the path to becoming the world’s leading primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall redefined traditional conservation. In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to support the research in Gombe and scale up the protection of chimpanzees in their habitats. 

In the late 1980s, it became clear that Gombe was only part of the solution to a much bigger, rapidly growing problem of deforestation and declining chimpanzee populations across Africa. 

Knowing that local communities are key to protecting chimpanzees, she redefined traditional conservation with an approach that recognises the central role people play in the well-being of animals and habitat. 

In 1991, when a group of young people confided their own deep concerns, she invited them to co-found Roots & Shoots, a program at work with young people in 100 countries to foster the informed generation of conservation leaders our world so urgently needs. 

Source: JaneGoodall.org 

Pockets: you’re going to need pockets to put stuff in. Source: MATTEL
No high heels here: sturdy boots keep your feet safe in the jungle Source: MATTEL

Dr. Jane Goodall, Peacemaker: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR COMPASSION AND ACTION

Today, Dr. Goodall travels around the world, writing, speaking and spreading hope through action, encouraging each of us to “use the gift of our life to make the world a better place.“

As a conservationist, humanitarian and crusader for the ethical treatment of animals, she is a global force for compassion and a UN Messenger of Peace. 

Source: JaneGoodall.org 

Dr. Goodall never leaves the tent without her field glasses. Source: MATTEL

Dr. Jane Goodall, Mentor: INSPIRING PASSION AND PURPOSE

Every day, Dr. Jane Goodall exemplifies the difference one person can make. Over the years, her groundbreaking research at Gombe has attracted many women, who were nearly absent from the field of primatology when she began. 

Today, women lead the field of long-term primate behavioral studies around the world. She also inspires hundreds of thousands of young people to take action in their own lives and communities through the Roots & Shoots youth program. 

Now 100 countries strong and growing, Roots & Shoots is an unprecedented multiplying force in conservation, giving young people the knowledge and confidence to act on their beliefs and make a difference by being part of something bigger than themselves. 

Source: JaneGoodall.org 

David Greybeard. Source: MATTEL
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Field glasses, field notebook, watch, and a handy stick. Source: MATTEL
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Excerpt from Jane Goodall’s original 1961 Field Notebooks. Courtesy of Jane Goodall Institute. Source: MATTEL
she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.
Through nearly 60 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. Source: None
Today Dr. Goodall travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees and environmental crises, urging each of us to take action on behalf of all living things and planet we share. Source: janegoodall.org
Jane Goodall has inspired kids for decades. Now, she's doing it in a new way – with her very own Barbie! Source: Facebook/TheUplift

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Roots & Shoots is a global community action programme founded by Dr. Jane Goodall in 1991. The programme aims to inspire, empower and encourage young people all over the world. It shows them how to follow their passions, take actions together and become the change our world needs. That way, we can all ensure a better future for people, animals and the environment. Roots & Shoots encourages youths to implement practical positive change by providing teachers and team leaders with free resources and a place to share their success stories with the world.