I can’t think of better way to begin a post on Disney Parks Blog than to share with you a highlight of my career that just occurred last Saturday evening. It was my honor to accept, on behalf of The Walt Disney Company, The Jane Goodall Institute Global Leadership Award for Corporate Social Responsibility from Dr. Jane Goodall herself! Dr. Jane, one of my personal heroes, is a renowned primatologist and conservationist—and an inspiration to everyone who meets her.
Dr. Jane chose to recognize The Walt Disney Company for its long-standing efforts to make the world a better place for all of its inhabitants. Examples include programs and experiences that connect children and families with nature—from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to The Seas with Nemo & Friends, to onboard our Disney Cruise Line ships, and at the movies and in our living rooms through Disneynature.
We inspire kids and communities about conservation beyond our parks and resorts. Just last week, we announced that the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will award $2 million to conservation projects around the globe this year—the highest amount we’ve ever contributed in a single year. And we are thrilled to engage in Disney’s Friends for Change to make a difference for the planet.
When she presented the award, Dr. Jane said that Disney has been very responsible in carrying out Walt Disney’s commitment to conservation. Yes, it is an awesome responsibility to help carry forth this legacy of caring for wildlife and nature, but with the help of our Cast Members—who are so passionate about protecting our planet— and all of our Guests who are part of the Disney family, we will have a positive impact on the planet.
To learn more about Disney conservation efforts, visit www.disney.com/conservation.