Dr Jane Goodall, primatologist, environmental activist and UN peace ambassador, talks about her commitment, her goals and what needs to be done for the planet right now.
At BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2020, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), did herself the honour of helping to organise the opening of the exhibition duo. Petra Wolf, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse (Nuremberg Fair), had previously expressed her delight at the promise by the legendary researcher: “She is a deeply impressive and inspiring woman who stands for species conservation like no other, not just with her commitment to the chimpanzees, and could hardly be any closer to the values of the organic sector.”
In favour of a fundamental change
In a previously published interview with the trade fair duo, Goodall once again spoke out in favour of a fundamental change in agriculture: This would have to turn away from modern industrial agriculture, monocultures, intensive livestock farming and genetic engineering and turn to sustainable methods, organic farming and small farms, among other things. The aim should be to revitalize our soils, restore biodiversity, create habitats for pollinating insects and promote plant-based nutrition worldwide.
For Goodall, revitalizing soils leached by agrochemical abuse is the first of the most important steps in this process: “We must restore the biodiversity that provides a healthy environment. This cannot succeed as long as we continue to poison our fields. ” This not only requires a new way of thinking, but it is also important to involve young people, for example through concrete experiences in schools, such as the Goodall Roots & Shoots programme. Learning is important, “because if you don’t understand, you don’t care, and you can’t expect help from such people.”
Everyone is responsible for their actions
But more importantly, was the fight against poverty: “When you are poor, in your desperation you cut down the last tree, catch the last fish – you are FORCED to do this because you want to survive.” In this context, the wealthy had a special responsibility – those who were lucky enough not to live in poverty could decide what kind of difference they wanted to make. For we are all responsible and anyone can have an influence: “Probably the most important aspect is that we have to understand that each and every one of us makes a difference every day. When we buy a product, we can ask: “Where does it come from, has it damaged the environment, have animals suffered for it, is it child labour?” Despite her 85 years, Dr. Jane Goodall is up to date, her message is more relevant than ever.
A video with Dr. Jane Goodall’s speech at the opening of BIOFACH/VIVANESS 2020 can be found here.