David Rothkopf sits down and speaks with one of FP’s Global Thinker Lifetime Achievement Award winners Dr. Jane Goodall.
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017.
On this week’s second episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf hosts a conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall at a recent event where FP honored her as one of its Global Thinker Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Dr. Goodall was celebrated for her extraordinary life’s work with chimpanzees and for her unwavering commitment to standing up for climate change, conservation, wildlife protection, and diplomacy.
In today’s tumultuous world and with partisan politics taking up all of today’s conversations, Dr. Goodall takes a step back and discusses how her experiences have shaped her global views. It’s easy to get caught up in the news of the day, she says, but one of the biggest slow-burning issues that we face today is climate change and the destruction of our natural environment. With new technological advances and the population of the planet drastically increasing, we risk losing the natural habitats and resources that animals need to survive. How can we preserve what we have worked so hard to keep alive?
Dr. Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a U.N. Messenger of Peace. At the young age of 26, she followed her passion for animals and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania, where she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild – immersing herself in their habitat as a neighbor rather than a distant observer. Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to advance her work around the world and for generations to come. Today, Dr. Goodall travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises and her reasons for hope. Follow her on Twitter at: @JaneGoodallInst.
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