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At 78, Goodall, who has 53 years of studying chimps behind her, is still criss-crossing the planet to raise the awareness of populations and their leaders on the fate of the apes and the need to protect the environment.
For Goodall, one of the world’s leading chimpanzee experts, “something has gone wrong” in the relationship between man and the planet.
“We’ve just been stealing, stealing, stealing from our children, and it’s shocking. But is it true that there’s nothing that can be done? No absolutely not,” she goes on, explaining how her latest project, Roots and Shoots, began.
The project, which now spans 132 countries, began in Tanzania, where Goodall, the first scientist to name the animals she was studying — a practice that sparked controversy, started observing chimpanzees, with just 12 students from nine different high schools.
Roots and Shoots is aimed at sensitising young people to the importance of the environment and fauna.
“Young people are influencing their parents, they are influencing their teachers, they grow up to become teachers and parents, they grow up to go into business, to become politicians,” Goodall said.
Jane Goodall is part of a growing chorus of public figures calling for more than lip service to address Climate Change.
Lets all hope that President Obama devotes some of his State of the Union Speech to the urgent problem of Climate Change. Our taking this problem seriously is long overdue.