Both Mattias and Jane have loved nature all their lives, and have both learned, first hand, a good deal not only about the wonders of the natural world but also about the harm we humans are inflicting on the planet.
Mattias and Jane believe there is still a window of time to heal some of the harm we have inflicted before it is too late. There is hope if we all act together and make life choices to benefit the environment. We owe it to our children and theirs as well as to the other life forms with which we share, or should share, the planet. It is purpose of this perpetual calendar, with photographs and quotations from Mattias and Jane s life experiences, to help remind readers of the wonders of nature and all they can do to help to preserve it.
Jane Goodall is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has published numerous books and scientific papers.
Mattias Klum is an artist, photographer and filmproducer. In an artistic way that is entirely his own, he describes and portrays animals, plants and natural and cultural settings in the form of articles, books, films, lectures and exhibitions. Since 1997, Mattias has produced multiple articles and thirteen cover stories for National Geographic magazine. He has produced 11 documentary films and published 14 books to date. Mattias has been named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, awarded an honorary Doctorate in Natural Sciences by Stockholm University, appointed Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Fellow at the National Geographic Society and the Linnean Society of London, goodwill ambassador for IUCN and WWF and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at WWF Sweden.