ICYMI - Jane Goodall on Studying Chimpanzees & Fighting Climate Change
You're. Listening to comedy central. Shaft Jane Goodall. Daily social distancing show. Well thank you so much for inviting me to join you. I feel like it's not even my invitation to give you or somebody who has been in the hearts and minds of so many people across the globe you've been studying our primate cousins for six decades now I mean. Arguably we know more about the world of primates because of you than we ever would have had you not gotten involved. Learned everything there is to know about our primate cousins I think. So I mean you know sixty years we're still learning new things about the same chimpanzee community, and especially when are entering the fourth generation, you know they can live to be about sixty years old. studied. Them. Will time. You can see the fact of different kinds of mothering you can look. Now we can detect the fog by doing DNA analysis from their fecal samples. So we can say, well, does the paternity of any influence on the personality of the child old questions like this absolutely fascinating. I've always wanted to know how to Jane Goodall, twenty six years old decide you know what I'm going to go and study chimpanzees and what makes them tick and who they are. Well. It actually all began when I was ten years old growing up in England on growing up in the days before TV and computers themselves phones spending time outside. Then when I was ten Iran Tarzan of the APES, I've decided I'm going to grow up to Africa and live with wild animals, write books about them. Everybody loved. How will you do that? Well who is raging? Annual Justice. But my mother, my amazing mother she's right here behind me. She just said if you really want something, they now have to work really hard. He could teach every opportunity, and if you don't maybe be find a way and that's the message I take to young people around the world. Particularly in disadvantaged communities, we seem to be the only species that at an alarming rate destroys our environments. We we don't see any other animals doing this. We see a natural balancing nature we see and understanding of one thing affecting the other, but it feels like more and more, and you you discuss this from the perspective of an animal. Researcher. Habitat being destroyed. The world is changing. Do you see those effects within the chimpanzee communities that that you so often frequent? Well no but you know something I think if they developed in intellects along the lines of ours, they would probably do exactly the same I feel that what we're doing to join the planet is because we can do it awhile. But ourselves into this situation where we can cut down forests like that. And what's the result event? Well, we basically bought a pandemic on ourselves and we basically brought about the climate crisis that that's we've done that and it's high time that we step back from saying lush wait we don't we care about the future of our children. Do we care about the health of the planet because we're out to this natural weld not separated from? You have become. Even more famous over the over the past few years, not just for your research and you work. But also as being an outspoken climate change activists over the past few months. In fact, we've seen your social media exploded with people just engaging with you and connecting with you, and you really have become one of the loudest voices calling for change when it comes to our fights to stop the climate from getting warmer. What do you think people don't understand the conversation I think people are burying their heads in the sand I? Think you know even climate change deniers have begun to say Williams the climate is changing I mean Yukon deny can you I? Mean you cannot deny the fact that temperatures. You can't deny the fact of these terrible fires that arranging and so many parts of the world. You can't deny the the isis melting and you see the ice on the tops of the mountains disappearing snow and Yukon denied the drought. So yes but there are still some people say say, yes. Yes. But that's just natural. It's not going to do with us. Will those people who refuse to listen to science with scientists have proven that the levels of carbon dioxide? The main greenhouse gas have risen exponentially and in a way never seen throughout the whole course of evolution. So What do we? What do we say to them I? Don't know they refused to believe it but young people. The beginning to understand. That it's our full. But you know this dependency now for people to lose hope. Because some signs saying we reached the tipping point nothing we can do that. I refuse to believe in we bought a window of time if we get together. Then we can at least not to heal some of the home we've been. What would you say to a young person who has lost? Hope a young person who wants to change the world but feels like they cannot yell that's why started this roots intrudes because I was meeting young people like that. WHO said you compromise on future on this nothing? We can do about it. That's I said no no, you're wrong. And the main message of this program is that every single day we live, we make some impact on the planet a we get to choose what sort of impact we night would we buy we did it come from? Did it harm? The environment was cruel to animals we can choose however most living in deep poverty and the so many of them made con choose entered destroy lost trees to try and grow food to feed their families or be allows fish in Dubai, the cheapest junk food because they have to survive. So changing the gap between the haves and the have not alleviating poverty thinking each one of our environmental footprint. These are the things that really matter now everybody and gets involved if you up in sleeves and you say, well, I can't change the world like in cleanness stream. And then that stream water will. Clean into the. Riffa. And there are many other people cleaning streams the reference getting cleaner Lena event would the into the Ocean then. You know the old around wealth, a people tackling the same things that you can. then. Cumulative effects of Individual Action starts to issue. And then you feel hopeful it's when you take action that you leave this feeling of this fat and. I I hope as many people take action as possible I. Thank you for changing not just my life but I think the lives of many many millions of people around the world Dr Jane Thank you so much for joining me on the show. Well thank you and you're the exactly the same. So shake on it. Thank you so much. The daily show with cover noise years addition watch the show weeknights at eleven ten central on comedy, central and comedy central. I watch full episodes and videos at the daily show dot com follow us on facebook twitter and instagram and subscribe to the feeling show on Youtube for exclusive and more. This has been a comedy central. PODCAST.