Jane Goodall: Do Something before the Planet Gives Up

Dr Jane Goodall urges the world to get together to save the environment at the Ideas for a Better World Forum.

At 77, Dr Goodall still tirelessly travels more than 300 days a year to take her message of conservation around the world, working especially with youths to spark meaningful change.

“We have to get together and do something to get out of the mess we’ve made. We’ve got to forget this beautiful dream of unlimited economic development on a planet that has finite natural resources because it won’t happen.”

With these words, acclaimed conservationist Dr Jane Goodall warned at the Singapore International Foundation Ideas for a Better World Forum on 29 June 2011 that “the time will come when the planet sort of gives up”.

Yet, she continued, all is not lost and at 77, she still tirelessly travels more than 300 days a year to take her message of conservation around the world, working especially with youths to spark meaningful change.

Sharing from her deep and rich experience, Dr Goodall said: “It’s so desperately important that we find new ways of thinking, new ways of living, new ways of conducting our societies,” so that we find a way to repair generations of environmental damage we’ve inflicted on the planet “we’ve borrowed from our children”.

Joining her for a discussion on sustainable living and development in a rapidly urbanising world, were chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore, Lee Tzu Yang, and senior vice-president of corporate social responsibility at the Halcyon Group, Howard Shaw.

The panel, moderated by SIF governor Jennifer Lewis, touched on ways in which cities, and Singapore specifically, can adopt green technology to create renewable energy, such as converting waste for energy and increasing the use of solar energy.

Launched in March, the Ideas for a Better World Forum aims to engage global thought leaders to share their insights and inspire bold new ideas, in order to generate lively discourse so ideas can be translated into action for a better world.

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