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Originally published December 11 2009

Dr. Jane Goodall speaks with NaturalNews about sustainable living and teaching children about the future of life on Earth

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) It's been almost 50 years since Dr. Jane Goodall first arrived at Gombe Stream National Park to study primates, and since then, much has changed in the world. "We have made rather a mess," Dr. Goodall told NaturalNews in an exclusive interview, speaking about the impact of humans on our planet. "We humans have left a very, very unpleasant ecological footprint on this beautiful planet."

Listen to the complete audio interview with Dr. Goodall here on NaturalNews at:

Dr. Jane Goodall, however, is no pessimist, and her message is instilled with a sense of hope and genuine inspiration. "What's tremendously important is that people do have a sense of hope amidst the doom and gloom," she says. "What I realize today is that we have made major mistakes and it's about time we start putting it back together."

Goodall's institute, named the Jane Goodall Institute ( pursues worldwide programs to educate children, protect natural habitats and uplift the lives of those human populations that live among or near important protected habitats. Her institute's program for children, Roots and Shoots ( engages children in the knowledge and skills of sustainable living, teaching them practical know-how they'll need to be a proactive part of a sustainable future on our planet.

"We've been stealing, stealing, stealing from our children, and it's high time we started paying back," she told NaturalNews in her interview. "Think of how we could have changed the entire structure of the world and alleviated poverty if the money spent on the last couple of wars could have been used for good purposes."

Listen to the full conversation between Jane Goodall and the Health Ranger here:

(You may also download the interview as an MP3 file and play it on your iPod or other MP3 device.)

Tiny choices, multiplied by millions

Jane Goodall's efforts today are focused on teaching people how to make informed, small choices that cumulatively add up to grassroots global change. "If you just spend a few minutes each day thinking about the choices you make: What you buy, what you eat, what you wear, how it was made, if it harmed the environment, if it hurt animals, if it was socially unjust, that would cause you to make small changes," she explained. "And if millions of people make small changes, we start to influence the companies who are making unethical products."

As part of that effort to help people make better choices, Jane Goodall has partnered with Pangea Organics (, an eco-conscious maker of hand-crafted body care products, to deliver a special offer to NaturalNews readers that helps raise funds for the Jane Goodall Institute.

You can read about this offer (and get the coupon code) here on NaturalNews:

As part of our effort to support Dr. Jane Goodall's work, our non-profit Consumer Wellness Center is also donating $1,000 to the Jane Goodall Institute. Read more details at the story link mentioned above.

Please consider giving the gift of a Chimpanzee Guardianship this holiday season

(A special message from the Jane Goodall Institute)

Your support will delight the animal lover in your life, and, most importantly, help the Jane Goodall Institute shelter chimpanzees like Kauka and Vichika -- orphans whose families were killed before their eyes by poachers.

The chimpanzees at JGIís Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo had a traumatic start to life, but with the support of people like you, they are nurtured back to health and happiness. And they get a new chimpanzee "family."

Please help the Jane Goodall institute give orphaned chimpanzees at Tchimpounga nutritious diets, TLC, and the chance to roam the forest, feel the sun on their backs and play with other chimps.

Your gift of a Chimp Guardianship will not only thrill someone you care about -- it will mean the world to everyone at the Jane Goodall Institute and Tchimpounga.

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