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Jane Goodall Hopecast


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Civics

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  • Podcasts, 21 minutes, 1 second

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Margaret Atwood: Hope is the Legacy We Build Together for a Better World (The Jane Goodall Hopecast)

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  • This podcast features an inspiring conversation about hope, the need to protect biodiversity, and the challenges faced by women worldwide.
  • Listen as Dr. Jane Goodall talks with author, environmentalist, and activist, Margaret Atwood.
Teaching Tips


  • This podcast is engaging and easy to follow.
  • It highlights the importance of balancing environmental and social actions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The actual podcast ends at 19:50 and then includes credits.
  • The link to read the full transcript is not active but there are links to access the podcast from other sites.


  • Science classes could use this resource to dive further into the idea of the sixth extinction, as discussed in the podcast, and research current and historic rates of species extinctions. 
  • Give students an opportunity to explore other topics of hope and to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the natural world that still remains.
  • Consider listening to this TED talk and then engaging in a class discussion about the connection between climate change and gender equity.
  • This podcast could be paired with this lesson or this article to extend the lesson apply the connections to climate change.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to listen to this conversation between Jane and Indigenous botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer, as they they discuss botany and the relationship between humans and nature.
Scientist Notes
In this Hopecast, Margaret Atwood and Jane Goodall share their personal stories and how they strive to make the world a better place. This 21-minute conversation inspires action to restore and conserve nature and biodiversity, while also protecting and mainstreaming gender equality. It also inspires hope for a better planet and everyone has a role to play. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.3 Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
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