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Actress Cate Blanchett and chimpanzee expert Dr Jane Goodall to take part in AIB sustainability conference

Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett and chimpanzee expert Dr Jane Goodall are taking part in AIB’s sustainability conference, which will be held later this month.

he one day virtual conference is entitled ‘No Time to Waste’ and its organisers have invited the public to: “Join us for thought provoking insights from global and local leaders who are using their platform to demand action, and bold pioneers who are already leading the way.”

Australian acting legend Blanchett is scheduled for a “fireside chat” which will run for a half hour from 9.15am. 

Blanchett has carved out a hugely successful screen career over the last three decade, scooping two Oscars along the way. 

The Melbourne native is Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. 

She is a lifetime member of the Australian Conservation Foundation, a strong supporter of the Actors Benevolent Fund, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, an AFI Ambassador and Patron of the Sydney Film Festival and the NIDA Foundation.

In recognition of her continued advocacy for the arts and her support of humanitarian and environmental causes, Blanchett has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in the General Division. She was also awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.

Meanwhile, famed chimpanzee expert Dr Jane Goodall will also take part in a fireside chat from 11.15am to 12.15pm. 

Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr Goodall is a world-renowned ethologist and conservationist inspiring greater understanding and action on behalf of the natural world.

Dr Goodall is known for her ground-breaking studies of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, which forever changed our understanding of our relationship to the rest of the animal kingdom. This transformative research, begun in 1960, continues today as the longest running wild chimpanzee study in the world.

Other speakers scheduled to appear at the conference are AIB CEO Colin Hunt, Annie Flahavan of Flahavan’s Oats and teen climate activist Flossie Donnelly. 

The free conference takes place on October 17 and online registration is required.

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