Jane Goodall, renowned conservationist and winner of this year’s Templeton Prize, has been a pioneer when it comes to respecting nature and animals. Has the pandemic changed her perspective at all? Goodall joined me for a live interview about the lessons that the animal kingdom can teach us about resilience. Here is a lightly edited transcript of our exchange.
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We’re Handing Our Kids a Damaged Planet. And Our Excuse for Doing Nothing About It Has Now Fallen Apart
We have often been placated with the notion that real change takes time. But this is only true where apathy is its main resistance. Change can come suddenly too.
Most scientists believe that climate change is happening and causing rising seas, stronger storms, and shifting habitats for wildlife and people. But you don’t have to give up videos or totally shut down the A/C to fight climate change. Read on to learn how you can help!
Earth Day was a few days ago and lots of people talked about the environment for that one day. For me, thinking of ways to help our environment is not something I think about one day of the year, but something that is on my mind most of the time. These 10 ways to protect our environment at home take very little time to do. It’s just a matter of making a commitment to doing something good for the planet and sticking to that plan.
In making some small changes to the way that you do things at home, you are gradually making a difference, even as an individual. You will kill costs and improve your health at the same time, so helping to save the environment isn’t a totally altruistic exercise!
Hang some clothes on the line, take shorter showers or splurge on an electric vehicle, all in the name of reducing greenhouse gas emissions for a healthier, cleaner planet.
Whether you are shopping for food, clothes or books, use a reusable bag. This cuts down on litter and prevents animals from getting a hold of them. There are even some stores (such as Target) that offer discounts for using reusable bags!
The fight against climate change isn’t going away; it’s going online.
As people in my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, and across the United States brace for weeks of school closures and social distancing, I am searching for ways to make the most of this challenging period. While our own health, essential needs, and family care arrangements are top of mind, we are also staring down the inevitability of long stretches of boredom. I’d love to help my step-kids fill this time by learning about the planet and how to protect it. So I asked my colleagues at Environment America to help me come up with a list of ideas.