At nearly 85, Dr. Jane Goodall looked back at her life, from her famous chimps to saving the world. Literally.
In chimpanzee language, Goodall greeted 2,400 people to a standing ovation at Florida Atlantic University Tuesday.
Little did she know, in the crowd was a little girl dressed in safari gear with a stuffed monkey around her neck. Emma Sandoval, 9, said she’s her biggest fan.
“How is it I’m traveling all over the world ” Goodall said to explain how she morphed from science to conservation. Now she’s on the road at least 300 days a year to spread her message.
Humans have a short window of time to deal with climate change and save the planet for the next generations, she said.
Here are more excerpts from Goodall’s talk:
- I had just enough money when I was 10 to buy “Tarzan and the Apes.” What did Tarzan do? He married the wrong Jane! That’s when my dream of moving to Africa began.
- No one believed me except my mother. I worked at a secretarial job in London and two years later a school friend invited me to Kenya. I went by boat and I’ll never forget the journey.
- When I got there I heard about Louis Leakey [the famous anthropologist.] I went to the National History Museum and he took me around. He was amazed that someone with no college education knew so much. A few weeks later his secretary quit and there I was. [Goodall earned a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 1965.]
- Factory farms are cruel to animals. Look at “Picasso” [a viral video about a pig who paints.] Maybe you won’t eat bacon again.
- We tried to get chimps out of medical research because of biological similarities. Three or four years ago, the National Institutes of Health ended research on chimpanzees. [November 2015]
- People may feel helpless and hopeless. But every single one of us matters. We have a choice of what impact we make.
By Marci Shatzman