Jane Goodall brings message of warning, hope to University of Montana crowd


The world’s 7.7 billion humans, and countless other creatures, are living in a perilous era of conflict, poverty, prejudice and the human-caused destruction of the earth — but there is reason yet to be hopeful.

That was the message the legendary Jane Goodall, a force in science and activism, delivered to 1,000 or more people in Missoula on Sunday night.

“I see our species at the mouth of a very long and very dark tunnel,” she said, decrying rampant environmental destruction, prejudice, greed, poverty and war. But there’s a “little star” at the end of the tunnel: hope. To reach it, she said, humankind must struggle to overcome any obstacles in the way.

“Hope isn’t just wishful thinking, it’s about action.”


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