The planet partially brought the COVID-19 outbreak on itself by disrespecting nature, conservation superstar Jane Goodall informed Euronews, urging people to make moral decisions to protect Earth.
“We push critters into closer contact with people. We search the meat them traffic them sell them as exotic creatures around the planet, we place them into factory farms in horrible near conditions and each of these scenarios may cause an environment in which a pathogen, like a virus, may leap out of an animal to an individual, where it might lead to a new disease such as COVID-19,” she added.
Goodall, 86, dedicated her career to the security of chimpanzees and her enthusiasm for primates remains undimmed. As does her push to create a difference as to how all of us see and treat our surroundings.
Goodall started her Roots and Shoots program in 1991 that is currently a worldwide initiative aimed at enabling young people to share in community, environmental, and animal maintenance strategies.
It’s active in almost 70 countries and campaigns on several issues which range from the ill-treatment of critters to plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways.
“The principal thing of Roots and Shoots is that every day that you live you create some effect and you can select what type of effect you create, at least if you run from a pretty wealthy household,” she clarified.
“This doesn’t apply to people living in poverty who only need to do anything they can to remain alive but given you can decide what you purchase,” she added,” and when billions and billions create the moral decisions in the way they live then we proceed towards a greater world”
She emphasized the connection between poverty and the destruction of their environment, stressing the reduction of habitat for chimpanzees was partial as a result of large mining and logging businesses but also to”more individuals dwelling in a specific place than the land could support.”
“They had been cutting their trees that are last in their desperate attempts to develop food. This was when I realized, even when we do not help people find means of creating a living without destroying their environment then we can not expect to conserve the environment,” she explained.
Goodall explained that organizations such as Extinction Rebellion and Fridays for Future were increasing awareness about climate change, but she emphasized her strategies differ.
“My method has ever been, if you would like change, it must come from inside the person, therefore I try to tell tales to achieve the kisses,” she clarified. “So often, it will work.”