The chimpanzee expert was hailed for her efforts to promote animal and environmental protection at the Observer Ethical Awards in London on Wednesday (30May12).
The ceremony's host Lucy Siegle says, "Jane Goodall has been recognised by our panel for her outstanding contribution to environmental and social justice. To this day she remains a tireless promoter of the planet, continuing to join the dots between essential ecological rights and vulnerable ecosystems. I am so grateful that we are able to formalise our devotion to this woman with an award."
The Firths were joined on the judging panel by British supermodel/actress Lily Cole and poet Ben Okri to pick the winners of the annual prizegiving, which celebrates campaigners fighting for sustainability.