Jane Goodall first visited what would later become Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in 1960. She made historic discoveries about chimpanzees that changed how the scientific community considered non-human animals’ sentience and intelligence. After seeing how human population growth was ravaging the area around Gombe, she turned to advocacy to lift people out of poverty, protect wildlife, and preserve the environment. She has always been outspoken about the importance of addressing population pressures through voluntary means. In this issue, we share excerpts from her new book, The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times.
We cannot hide away from human population growth because, you know, it underlies so many of the other problems. All these we talk about wouldn’t be a problem if there was the size of population that there was 500 years ago. Jane Goodall
Photo at right: Jane Goodall at the chimpanzee enclosure at Taronga Zoo on May 29, 2014, in Sydney, Australia (Jeremy Piper/Newspix/Getty Images)