Dr. Jane Goodall has tips on convincing people to care for our planet.
“How do you get somebody to realize that we actually are destroying the planet? I think I do it always through stories, never through direct confrontation,” she explained. “Because if you directly confront somebody who’s, you know, thinking polar opposite to you, they don’t really listen. They’re thinking of arguments to refute you.”
Dr. Goodall is a renowned anthropologist and primatologist, best known for her groundbreaking studies on chimpanzees. She said he mother taught her that when she meets someone who doesn’t agree with her, the first thing to do is listen to them, because they might have a point. But if you still feel you’re right, you must have the “courage of your conviction.”
In 1991, Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots, a global initiative that pairs young people with community services.
“I started our youth program because so many young people were sort of saying they’d lost hope in the future,” she stated. “We haven’t been borrowing our children’s future. We’ve been stealing it. We’re still stealing it today.
She also said when it comes to Earth, we’re reaching a point of no return.
“One thing you hear all the time is think globally, act locally. And I say no, twist it around because quite honestly, if you think globally you get depressed with the harm we’re inflicting,” she explained.