Unless we all get together, now, it will be too late – Dr Jane Goodall
The stories of a British woman on an African adventure captivated my imagination as a young girl, especially as I grew up in the United Kingdom. The tales of Dr Jane Goodall, deep in the African jungle, studying the social behaviours and family interactions of chimpanzees, was something we talked about at school often. I remember the weekend newspaper supplements often featured her vital work. Her solo adventure in a foreign land was an inspiration to my younger self.
Sixty years on, her work in the wild has gained her the respect of many, especially on the issues of climate change and animal welfare.
I recently watched an interview where she was asked about her views on animal agriculture. Her opinion was clear. We need to ditch meat for good.
As you will see from the video clip, Jane Goodall was celebrating her 85th birthday. She still travels all over the world, campaigning on animal rights and climate change issues. She credits her health, wellbeing and vitality to her plant-based diet.
Her description of intensive animal farming as shocking cruel is heartbreaking, as she explains to us that every animal has a personality, feelings and emotions. She talks us through the negative effect of animal agriculture on the environment and climate change. What captured my attention was her views that the destruction of the forests and other habitats to raise and breed animals is stealing our children’s future.
Her most important reminder? “Unless we all get together, now, it will be too late.” While I´m vegan and have been for some time, let’s hope Jane Goodall’s words inspire more of us to ditch meat for good. For the sake of the animals, the planet, and our children’s future. Before it’s too late.
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