Jane Goodall's work with chimps transformed the way we view our place in the natural world.
This article appeared in the Winter 2002 issue of Spirituality & Health.
She’s a little frail, this invincible woman who was born in Bournemouth, England in 1934, and she’s smaller than I expected. But as she sat there calmly, hands clasped in her lap, I sensed that her diminutive frame was made of titanium. She travels constantly, rarely rests, eats little, and angrily fights off the occasional bouts of malaria that still plague her. When asked the source of her strength, she says with absolute conviction, “There is a purpose to life on earth. I want to do as much as I can, in too little time, to take a message of hope around the world and defeat apathy.
It’s so easy to feel defeated when you look at the size of the problems that face the human race, to feel like there is nothing you can do. My message to people now is that every individual can make a difference. The collective influence of groups of individuals is unbelievably powerful. We’re proving that every day at our Institute, particularly with our Roots & Shoots program for young people.”
Goodall first caught the world’s imagination …