Happy 80th birthday to one of the most influential people of the 20th century, an amazing, strong, compassionate woman, and my personal hero, Jane Goodall.
You revolutionized the science of ethology. You gave the chimps you studied names instead of numbers; you treated them like the individuals that they are, with personalities and preferences; you accepted what the chimps had to teach, and shared that knowledge with the world. Then you turned your attention to the future of our planet, to our children, to the nurturing of empathy and compassion. Through your Roots & Shoots programs, your whirlwind speaking schedule, and your lovely books, you have helped to build a better, more compassionate world.
Thank you for all you’ve done. This world is a much better place because of you.
Happy birthday, Jane.
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