Jane Goodall Inspiration

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Jane Goodall, the inspirational primatologist who is credited for her efforts in the field of chimpanzee research and protection, recently turned 80. But age isn’t holding this chica down, she continues to lecture all over the world and recently released a new book, Seeds of Hope.

I recently ran across an interview with Goodall and was moved by her answer to what working with chimpanzees taught her about life. She said, “:…we humans are not the only beings on the planet with personalities, minds capable of rational thought, and above all, emotions. Now we know many other animals have intellectual capabilities once thought unique to us”.

Then later when asked about how people should treat the environment, she responded “…animals need us to respect them. The way we abuse them is so terrible. The billions of animals raised for food around the worldβ€”this process is destroying the planet. Vast areas of forest are cut down to make space for growing grain, or grazing. Vast amounts of methane gases are producedβ€”a worse greenhouse gas than C02”.

Powerful words from an inspirational woman!

You can find the full interview at FEMPOWER. And if you’re not familiar with how eating meat is bad for the environment, check out the article, Why Eating Meat is Bad for the Environment.

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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26 Responses to Jane Goodall Inspiration

  1. adanelz6 says:

    She was just here at the University of Iowa giving a speech – such an inspiration!

  2. She just spoke in my area and I wish I had gone to see her. I was floored recently when I heard that cows have best friends.

  3. “The greatest danger to our planet is apathy” – still a legend ❀

  4. BloomLisa says:

    I really enjoyed this post Celeste. My 7 year old has recently decided to become a vegetarian due to her love of animals. She falls off the wagon sometimes as a 7 year old would, but I love her passion! This is a great reminder that the human ego leads down destructive paths and we need to have a broader concept of rights for all, not just humans. A soul is a soul after all. Have a great weekend!

    • Hey there Lisa! I’m always impressed when children make the decision to go vegetarian due to their love for animals. I was clueless as a kiddo – I loved animals and yet didn’t have any problem with eating them at all. I think it takes a rare and connected child to comprehend where his or her food comes from and to make a choice not to partake.

      If your daughter wants to, I’d be delighted to share her story on my blog. No pressure, of course, only if she really wants to do it. If she does, maybe she can write a few sentences and/or draw a picture about why she made this choice.

      Hope you’re having a lovely weekend! Celeste πŸ™‚

      • BloomLisa says:

        Wow Celeste, that is a special & generous offer. I will discuss it with her. Part of her intuitive nature leads her to be quite private but I think this would be an excellent opportunity for her. Thank you so much:)

  5. M-R says:

    Long may she live ! – an inspiration to us all …
    And I delight in reading comments like BloomLisa’s ! – what parents they must be …

  6. I’m a big fan of hers!
    Just to add, the traditional way of raising animals in the fields – grassfed – (whether for eating or help on the farm), instead of being grain-fed in disgusting CAFOs, doesn’t have the same impact on the environment (and the animals), which is important for people to understand, but not very many people explain it.

    • Thank you for clarifying the difference between factory farms and traditional farms. You’re right – that’s important to point out. Hope you’re having a great weekend! Celeste πŸ™‚

  7. Such wonderful sentiments x

  8. tsipprelle says:

    Love Jane!! What a great post! πŸ™‚

  9. Thanks for sharing! Jane is great!

  10. diahannreyes says:

    Truly a woman ahead of her time. Thanks for the Sunday am inspiration. (BTW- just saw Noah and I think you’d love it’s message. I guess it should have been obvious the guy would’ve been a vegan. LOL)

  11. eatpraybake says:

    Thanks for sharing Celeste πŸ™‚ Jane Goodall is such an inspiring woman.

  12. Oh, my, I’m sorry but I disagree. Jane Goodall is not an inspiring person at all. Despite her years of working with chimpanzees, she still thinks it’s okay to test on them, as long as it helps people and isn’t too cruel, whatever that means. She is also fine with people eating cheeseburgers, and is most definitely not a vegan. How can someone get so close to another species of animal without making any kind of connection and encouraging others to continue exploiting them? No, this woman should not be inspiring anyone at all.

    • I did not realize that Goodall was okay with eating meat and animal testing – that’s sad and disturbing. I suppose it’s about as disturbing as how I used to love animals and yet had no problem eating them. I still don’t get why I (or the majority of people) are like that. I suppose humans are able to rationalize anything. Hope you’re having a great week! Celeste πŸ™‚

  13. Also, to whoever commented about non-CAFO farms not harming the environment–no, you are wrong. Animal agriculture is tremendously inefficient, and raising a kilo of “meat” or “dairy” or “eggs” uses up far more water, plants for feed, land, etc. than if people ate plant foods. They are not more “humane” either……..all animals end up in the slaughterhouse. Animal agriculture, regardless of whether it is factory farm or family farm, is harmful to everyone on this planet.

  14. reocochran says:

    It is so meaningful when someone features a real ‘hero’ who has lived a responsible and giving life in the ‘field,’ literally! Jane Goodall inspires me! Thanks for this post, Celeste!

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