Jane Goodall offers reasons for hope for imperiled planet to capacity audience at MSU

Human beings are poisoning the planet and threatening animals with extinction, famed scientist Jane Goodall told a large Bozeman audience Monday, but there is reason to hope we are smart enough and compassionate enough to turn things around.

“We haven’t inherited this world from our parents – we’ve borrowed it from our children,” Goodall, 74, said at Montana State University’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse to a packed crowd estimated at 3,300. “We’ve been stealing, stealing, stealing.”

By GAIL SCHONTZLER Chronicle Staff Writer

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Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute, is a powerful, youth-driven, global network of more than 8,000 groups in almost 100 countries. Together, youth of all ages are taking action to improve our world through service learning projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment and the human community.


Jane Goodall tells MSU crowd to work hard and seize opportunities

Anne Pettinger, MSU News Service

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall told a packed crowd Monday evening at Montana State University that people who really want something should work hard, take advantage of opportunities and never give up.

Goodall, 74, was at MSU to deliver "A Reason for Hope," this year’s annual Wallace Stegner lecture. She told the approximately 3,000 people who gathered in MSU’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse that as a young girl growing up in England, her dream was "to grow up, go to Africa, live with animals, and write books about them." But she said people laughed at her aspirations, not just because Africa was a far-off place and she didn’t have much money, but because she was female.

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