Jane Goodall's Hope for Reforestation and Wildlife Preservation

by gregpdesrosiers on April 7, 2014 - 10:41am

In André Picard's "Youth give Jane Goodall reason to hope" published on Toronto's The Globe and Mail on March 31, 2014, Jane Goodall expresses her sadness of how we would be destroying this beautiful planet. The author reveals that the most common word Dr. Goodall used in her presentation at Loyola High School was "hope." She's expressing hope for young people to be in peace and harmony with not only each other, but also with Mother Nature.

Even at 80 years old, she is still driven to be an activist in environmental protection, despite her past experiences in environment projects. For instance, she became an environmental activist after studying chimpanzees in Tanzania. It started when she flew over Gombe National Park that she saw there was only very little green compared to the mass amounts of deforestation. In the 90s, she launched the Tanganyika Catchment, Reforestation and Education Project to assist villagers in producing food and economic sustainability, and to have them engage in reforestation.

From her efforts, the forest the chimpanzees have been living in is now three times its side and health and economy in over 50 villages have greatly improved. Even if Goodall says that the chimpanzees are doing well on their own, great apes are in trouble because mining, forestry, and disease are destroying their habitats. They are being hunted for bush meat as well.

The proceeds she has been earning lately go to the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo, where more than 160 chimpanzees were released. Goodall accepts her 80th birthday for the disappointment that we are not living in harmony with Mother Nature.

Personally, what I suggest on improving from this article is, there needs to be at least one site where people are living in harmony with Mother Nature. We can expand this issue more and develop more sites where the people do live in harmony with Mother Nature from now on.

If we are to develop Goodall's interest, we would initiate reforestation campaigns in places such as the Amazon Rainforest, or rich forests cleared out for human development, and the wood and paper industries; Haiti is another possibility. There are so many possibilities we can consider reforestation. We need to consider convincing politicians to put environmental practices into place, hoping that the province can sustain economic sustainability. This is just one of the multiple improvements we can consider.

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