Jane Goodall has built her life around learning from animals. Through her pioneering and intimate study of chimpanzees in Tanzania, Goodall helped break down the notion that human beings are somehow separate from the rest of the animal kingdom. 

Often barefoot and alone in the jungle, she watched chimps embrace in greeting, pat each other on the back, swagger, throw rocks and even kiss and hold hands.

By spreading the message of how connected our species is to the rest of the natural world, she was able to make a powerful argument for conservation and compassion for the creatures with whom we share the planet.

At 85, she still travels 300 days a year in support of environmental conservation and the many projects of her nonprofit, The Jane Goodall Institute

In late September, Goodall praised youth activists like the Greta Thunberg who are demanding action on climate change. “The young people altogether give me hope,” Goodall told The Hill.TV

The conservationist went on to stress that as a society we can’t leave climate change to the politicians.

“Most of our political systems have swung to the far right and it’s all about money and a lot of corruption out there, and no, I don’t have confidence, and so it’s up to us,” she told Hill.TV. These remarks came following a week of discussions on climate change at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

Published on Nov 13, 2019