Dr. Jane Goodall calls for new relationship with nature

Added On January 24, 2021

Dr. Goodall said that now is the moment of opportunity to change our behavior and the way humans interact with nature. SOUNDBITE 1 (English): DR. JANE GOODALL, Anthropologist "The silver lining of this pandemic is -- if we want to prevent another pandemic which could be even worse, even more resistant to vaccines, with even higher death rates than this one -- we need to have a new relationship with the natural world, and a new relationship with animals." The British scientist has previously warned that COVID-19 is a wake-up call and that humanity will be "finished" if we fail to drastically change our food systems in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis. Goodall said that the three biggest challenges the world currently faces are unsustainable lifestyles, poverty, and population growth. She spoke highly of the achievements China made in poverty reduction. She also praised China's commitment to going carbon neutral by 2060. SOUNDBITE 2 (English): DR. JANE GOODALL, Anthropologist "So when I talk about China being a leader, I think China could, and it would be wonderful if they did, help other countries, developing countries to get rid of their coal mines and their fossil fuel industries, and help them really develop the same clean, green energy that China is developing." At the end of the interview, Dr. Goodall also had a message to share with young people all around the world. SOUNDBITE 3 (English): DR. JANE GOODALL, Anthropologist "(ɾ)My message globally for Roots & Shoots and all young people is to remember that every single day we live, everyone, all of us, every day, we make some impact on the planet. And we have a choice what sort of impact will we make. So we need to think about those little choices we make each day."