In 1960, a 26-year-old Jane Goodall first set foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in what is now Tanzania’s Gombe National Park. The chimpanzee behavioral research she conducted there has sparked an empowering global environmental conservation mission. Half a century later, she described her experience to a sold-out crowd of 1,500 in O’Donnell Auditorium.
But her message on March 19 didn’t center on looking back. The United Nations Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, a global leader in protecting chimpanzees and their habitats, was more interested in looking forward.
“So often people think the problems of the world are so big and feel hopeless,” Goodall told the Lincoln Journal Star. “But if each person has a lighter ecological footprint, that can lead to change that we need to see.”