March 30, 2005
Our friend, Uriah, at booking signing after Jane Goodall's lecture at UNK
FYI~ The woman sitting beside her is Dr. Goodall’s sister who tours with her now that their mother has passed on.
Dr Goodall was part of the trendy cult following of the Sand Hill Crane Spring migration. It was her 4th year in a row visiting our neck of the woods.
For more info on Dr Jane Goodall's UNK lecture read the following Kearney Hub article from March 30th, 2005:
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Chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall speaks at a press conference Tuesday at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She brought her mascot, a stuffed monkey named Mr. H., with her to the conference and to her presentation at the Health and Sports Center. A friend gave her the stuffed animal, not realizing it is a monkey instead of a chimp. It has been to more than 50 countries with her.
Goodall is best known for her ongoing study of chimpanzees in Gombe National
Park, but she now also travels the world talking about environmental
conservation and the reasons she sees for having hope.
“You can’t do anything to conserve wild animals in their forests if you’re not also working with people,” she said in a press conference before her presentation.
Her interest in animals started when she was growing up in England. Her favorite books were about animals. When she was 10, she read “Dr. Doolittle,” and then Tarzan books.
“It was my dream to grow up and go to Africa,” she said.
One of her first experiences in observing animal behavior was helping to collect eggs on a farm. She wanted to know where the eggs came from, so she hid and waited for hours to see how a hen laid an egg. Her family began to worry because they didn’t know where she was, but instead of getting angry, her mother listened to her tell what she had discovered.
At 23 years old and with no college degree, Goodall said, she began an amazing adventure that continues to this day.
She had the chance to go to Africa and learn about chimpanzees. They started losing their fear around her, and she began to see how they used objects as tools.
She saw that the chimps were capable of compassion and altruism, but also saw a brutal and violent side. “Like us, chimpanzees have a dark side to their nature.”
One of the worst threats to the chimps used to be that mothers were shot so the younger chimps could be taken for medical research. The worst threat now comes from commercial hunters, she said.
“More and more species are vanishing,” she said. “Extinction is forever.”
Even with the negative things Goodall has seen, she still has hope.
“We have so destroyed this planet. If we don’t do something about it soon, it will be too late,” she said. “There is time if we do our bit. We all have to weigh in and do our bit.”
Among the reasons she has for hope are the human brain’s capability of love, compassion and altruism; the resilience of nature; and the indomitable human spirit to tackle almost impossible tasks and succeed.
She has not found a single problem for which there aren’t people working to solve it. People are dedicated, she said, sometimes putting their own lives in danger to solve the problem.
“The greatest danger is feeling, ‘I’m just one person. I can’t make a difference,’” she said.
One way she helps others make a difference is through her Roots & Shoots program, which involves youths in service learning to make the world a better place for humans, animals and the environment.
Goodall finished her lecture by ringing a bell that was given to her just after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It is made from the metal of a land mine that was detonated in Cambodia.
“Every evil can be overcome by good,” she said. “… However grim and bleak the world seems today, it will change.”
UNK junior Carli Seeba of Bellevue said she appreciated Goodall being a strong voice for conservation and said she is interested in finding out more about the Roots & Shoots program.
“I really wanted to hear what she had to say. It was really moving,” said
Norfolk junior Megan Dobbe also is interested in Roots & Shoots.
“The program seemed intriguing,” she said. “It’s something we need in Nebraska.”