Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Valencia, September 23 (EFE) The thing is hope.

During a telematic intervention organized at the tenth anniversary festival of elDiario.es in Valencia, Goodall, one of the best science communicators of recent decades, reviewed for half an hour the deputy director of this medium, Maria Ramírez, for various current questions. Also issues when reviewing his extensive background.

Goodall is best known for his six-decade study of the social and family motives of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park, though he has now become a social media influencer with over a million followers. , and through them trying to make people aware of environmental issues that affect the planet.

This Friday he recalled when he traveled to Tanzania with his mother (“She was a very young woman and it opened doors for me, because a lot of people wanted to help me”) and he noted that when he arrived in that country his intention was “Study of chimpanzees’ behavior so similar to humans”.

And about his travels to the rest of Africa, he highlighted how when they arrived they realized they had to “help people make a living, have the tools to take care of the forests and save the animals.”

Regarding the current state of the planet, he noted that climate change is a collective problem: “We all eat and breathe and for this we depend on the natural environment; That’s why you have to take care of it.”

That’s why Goodall emphasized that the important thing is to “never lose hope”, and shared four elements that allow him to fulfill that maxim: “Young people are fundamental, because they are aware, they know the problems and it’s over. They have to save the world. . . the extraordinary purpose of scientists’ inventive intent; the resilience of nature and the human struggle to make the impossible possible.”

Regarding the social movement against climate change led by Greta Thunberg, he highlighted and explained the “anger” that young women use in their interventions, despite “not being the right way to reach people” in his opinion. What needs to be done is “telling stories with heart and transmitting values ​​of respect for others, the environment and animals”.

Regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the primatologist recalled that he grew up during World War II: “Britain was invaded by the Nazis but Churchill instilled a fighting spirit in the British and now he is doing the same with Zelensky. Ukraine. You have to have people of hope.”

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