By 2020 it’s estimated there will be almost 3.6 billion smartphones in circulation around the world – that’s the equivalent of almost half the global population with a smartphone! With an average lifespan of approximately 2 years before upgrade or replacement, the demand for the resources used to produce mobile devices and the number of devices potentially entering the waste stream will only continue to grow.

However, 99% of materials can be recovered when mobile devices are recycled.

Why is this important to us? Mobile phones contain minerals such as gold, Climate Change, Deforestation cobalt, tungsten and coltan. Some of these materials are mined from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in an area near the Congo Basin, a key natural habitat for chimpanzees. Mining and control over this area drives illegal bushmeat hunting, destroys crucial great ape habitats, and has triggered civil conflict and unrest.

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Dr. Goodall’s Message for World Oceans Day 2022

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Currently working its way through the Senate to (hopefully!) be passed as law, the Jane Goodall Act is a landmark piece of Canadian legislation that would create some of the strongest protections for animals in captivity in the world. Here’s everything you need to know: Originally introduced by Senator Murray Sinclair in 2020, the proposed […]

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Announcing Bella Lam as Our New CEO

The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada announced today that Bella Lam has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer.  “The Board is thrilled that Bella will be stepping into this new role,” says Corinne Caldwell, Board Chair for JGI Canada. “She has shown herself time and time again to be absolutely committed to the […]

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