In her 2016 commencement address at the University of Redlands, scientist and animal-rights activist Jane Goodall told graduates to remember how connected the world is—and that one person has the potential to make great change.
“Every single one of us makes an impact on the planet every single day, and we get to choose what sort of impact that is,” she said.
Goodall went on to explain that she hopes the younger generation will recognize the effects of their behavior: “Just remember, we’re part of this amazing animal kingdom. Other animals like us can feel happy or sad. Other animals like us can suffer—mentally as well as physically. And just give pause to think about the abuse that we encounter as we travel around. But It’s not only that we abuse other animals: We also abuse other human beings. And we also abuse mother nature.”
Respect, says Goodall, is the solution. “We may have different colored skin, we may be from different cultures, we may eat different things and wear different clothes, but wherever you go in the world: If you cry, your tears are the same. If you’re happy, you laugh, and the laughter around the world is the same. … Within each one of us all around the world, the human heart is structured the same.”
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