Jane Goodall Calls on Youth to Fight for Endangered Species

“There are stories of men and women brought close to despair as they battled bureaucracies to try to save a species from extinction, knowing that delay caused by human obstinacy was lessening their chances of success with each passing day,” Jane Goodall, renowned 77-year-old conservationist wrote in her latest book, Hope for Animals and Their World.

Symbols of hope described in the book’s introduction tell of Old Blue, nearly the last female black robin in the world who was saved from extinction by a biologist, and a tree, the last of its kind leaving seeds for new growth on its last branch after it was killed in a forest fire.

With co-author Gail Hudson and Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard, Goodall describes the resilience of nature and efforts of those working to bring back species from the brink of extinction.

She has spent her life trying to teach others how nature works in an entwined balance to maintain each life, each part integral to the whole and the human responsibility to respect this.

Her program, Roots & Shoots, was started in 1991 and has grown to connect students of all ages, parents and educators in 126 countries who want to learn how they can change their communities and the world.

With the 20th anniversary of the program this year, Goodall is on the road talking to students and audiences about conservation and ways to improve their lives, along with the human and animal lives that surround them.

Goodall’s philosophy, shared by the program, is “based on the belief that every individual matters, every individual has a role to play and every individual makes a difference.”

With the hope being passed to the future generation, the she invites youth to “become the next chapter of hope for a local endangered species” and join her campaign, On the Edge: Hope for Animals and Their World.

With every creature serving an important role, students are asked, “How many species can we remove before everything crumbles?”

The campaign also explores success stories, ways to get involved, how to support organizations and what it takes to save endangered species.

This spring, students are also being asked to create a public service announcement about a local endangered species with a call to action to share with their communities. Groups will be able to participate in a contest with mini-grants awarded to the winners.

You can visit Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and the On the Edge: Hope for Animals and Their World campaign to learn more and find a threatened or endangered species in your area and learn about ways to protect them and the environment.


Photo: USFWS Endangered Species


William C
William C4 months ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. C4 months ago

Thanks for the information.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sonya Armenia Redfield

Thank you

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

If the planet is to be, it is up to me....

Tammy McKee
Tammy McKee6 years ago

I hope that Jane will be able to inspire our youth to save the animals. Without their help in the future our wildlife is in grave danger.

Carrie Anne Brown

Interesting article, thanks for sharing =]

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan6 years ago

When someone says " love the defenseless animals, stand for them" it is the voice of God, and the whole humanity should listen, act and love that voice! Thank you, Jane Goodall, you are a messenger of God!

Loretta P.
Loretta P6 years ago

Jane Goodall is an awesome woman performing awesome work. God Bless her.

Anne Brabson
Anne B6 years ago

Dito to what Vera T wrote! Jane inspires us at 77 as she did at 37 with the compassion and deication she offers the world!