JANE GOODALL -
A HERO FOR THE AGES
For 50 years, Jane Goodall has been studying our closest relatives - the chimpanzees in and around Tanzania. Her work branched out from species conservation to sustainability for local communities and the environment. In her book, In the Shadow of Man, she meticulously records chimp behavior, in particular those behaviors that humans recognize in each other. Beyond making and using tools, chimps greet each other with hugs and clasped hands, they use a form of language to communicate, they offer comfort in times of grief.
She expresses concern in another one of her books, Seeds of Hope. “And so, relentlessly, the planet is being desecrated in the name of ‘progress,’ on the one hand, and as a result of poverty, ignorance, and apathy, both of hopelessness and despair, on the other. So long as never-ending economic growth remains the goal of our governments and our major financial institutions, and so long as the corporate bottom line continues to put immediate profit above the future of our children, and so long as so many of the world’s inhabitants continue to live in unalleviated poverty, the crimes against the natural world will continue.”
Roots & Shoots, founded by Jane Goodall, brings together hundreds of thousands of youths in more than 130 countries “to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment.”
Learn how to start a Roots & Shoots community i
n your area at http://www.rootsandshoots.org .