No sharp line dividing humans from chimpanzees: Goodall

Jane Goodall, 76-year-old educator and environmentalist, recently paid a one-day visit to Vancouver to attend a screening of the IMAX movie Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees. She said that amazing facts had been discovered about chimpanzees since she started scientific research on the behavior of chimpanzees in Tanzania. She said that there is no line dividing humans from chimpanzees.

She added that apart from genetic and anatomical similarities, humans have learned that chimpanzees form life-long family bonds. Chimpanzees make use of use several of the same gestures as humans to communicate, plus both of them feature compassion and brutality.

Highlighting the grave threats being faced by wild chimpanzees, Jane Goodall said that only four African countries now have significant chimpanzee populations.

She also raised the issue of damage being done by humans to Mother Nature. Speaking on the issue, she added, “Most people I know, they either have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, something like that. And I look at them and see how we’ve harmed the planet since I was their age.”

She said that it was the time to look what wrong humans had done to Mother Nature as problems emerged where economic influences came up against environment.

She stressed that environment and not economics should be taken into consideration while taking decisions. According to her, it is more important to take decisions keeping in mind future generations, and not political or economic campaigns.