Jane Goodall stages unique live, film premiere

Sep 25, 2011, 10:53 a.m.
British primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall listens to a journalist's question during a news conference at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo June 18, 2010. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer

Q: If chimps could talk what would they tell humans?

A: They would probably tell us to leave them alone, get out of the forest and protect the forest. That's probably what they would tell us to do.

Q: So what can one person do to make a difference?

A: "Each person can just spend a little bit of time each day thinking about the consequences of what you buy, what you eat, what you wear and how you interact with people. If millions of people think about the consequences, they start to change and then we achieve the kind of change we must see on this planet."

Q: What do you think has been your greatest achievement and what are you most proud of in your work?

A: "People from all over the world continue to tell me that, 'In The Shadow of the Man,' published in 52 languages, has had a lasting impact on them. Also helping people understand that animals do have personalities, minds and feelings and that they matter as individuals.

"The other accomplishment I'm most proud of is starting Roots and Shoots so we involve young people for caring for our planet before it's too late."

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(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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