Primatologist Jane Goodall worries about humanity

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Primatologist Jane Goodall speaking at Taronga Zoo, Australia , in 2008.

Humanity is running out of resources in the face of climate change, worries British primatologist Jane Goodall, who calls on her 88-year-old man to fight 'short-term thinking' to get out environmental impasse.

We are literally approaching a point of no return, the famous ethologist and environmental activist told AFP. environmental cause in Los Angeles.

“Look around the world at what is happening with climate change. It's terrifying. We are part of the natural order and we depend on healthy ecosystems.

— Jane Goodall

The first scientist in Tanzania to observe human-like behaviors in chimpanzees, such as the ability to make tools, Jane Goodall has changed the way humans look at their place in nature.

British primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall

A tireless ambassador for primates, the Briton is a prolific writer and an icon of the scientific world, whose fame earned him a Lego figurine in his likeness and his own Barbie doll model.

Her environmental awareness came in the 1980s, while working in Mongolia. Once covered with trees, the country's hills have been flattened; and it measures the harm of deforestation.

Locals felled trees for more land, to grow food as their families grew, and also to make money from charcoal and wood, she recalls.

“So if we don't help these people find ways to make a living without destroying their environment, we won't be able to save chimpanzees, forests or anything else.

— Jane Goodall

Despite some progress in recent decades, acting faster is essential to avert disaster, according to the scientist.

We know what we have to do, she said. We have the necessary tools. But we come up against the short-term thinking of economic gain, contrary to the long-term protection of the environment.

“I don't pretend to be able to solve the problems, but if we look at the alternative, which is to continue destroying the environment, we are doomed. »

— Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall spoke on Sunday on the sidelines of a ceremony to celebrate her Templeton Prize, awarded in 2021, working to bring together science and religion.

Its endowment of $1.3 million was used in particular for the Jane Goodall Institute, dedicated to the protection of biodiversity, the #x27;supporting sustainable development and education, and overseeing youth programs in 66 countries.

Our message is that each of us impacts the planet every day, and that we can choose the kind of impact we have, insisted Ms Goodall. That makes it my biggest reason for hope.

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