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Climate Change

Dr. Jane Goodall

Lesson time 09:44 min

Learn about the many kinds of waste we release into the environment and the effects they have on our interconnected world.

Dr. Jane Goodall
Teaches Conservation
Dr. Jane Goodall shares her insights into animal intelligence, conservation, and activism.
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We only have to think of pollution, and the reckless burning of fossil fuel, and the agricultural industrial and household waste. Have to think how the land, the air, and the water are being contaminated. Think about the destruction of the rainforests. Think about how this is leading to increased desertification, affecting fresh water supplies. Think about the pollution of the ocean, the acidification of the ocean. And as oceans become less capable of absorbing carbon dioxide, CO2 from the atmosphere, and as rainforests disappear with their capacity for absorbing and holding CO2, and, at the same time, burning recklessly fossil fuels, emitting all kinds of so-called greenhouse gases, creating a blanket of these gases that surround the globe and trap the heat of the sun, leading to gradual heating of the Earth's surface, the heating of the ocean, the melting of the ice. And this is creating what we now know is a major threat to the planet, as a whole. And that's climate change. I've seen it firsthand. I've traveled enough to see a lot of these things firsthand. I've been to places in China and India, where the pollution is so terrible that people have to wear masks. And I've been in Greenland, with a lot of the Inuit elders. I've seen the ice melting, the icebergs carving, the water rushing down into the ocean, and the Inuit elders telling me, even in the summer, the water never used to run free here. It was always frozen. And going straight from that freezing of the ice to Panama-- it just happened that way-- and there I met many of the indigenous people, who'd been forced off their island, because of the increased level of water in the oceans, due to the melting of the ice. And this is true for many people living on small islands around the world. It's, for me, a major tragedy that forests are disappearing. They are home to so much biodiversity, and so much of the richness of the tapestry of life, the web of life. As the oceans become increasingly acidified-- they, too, are host to so much biodiversity-- this is gradually being destroyed. What are we doing to the future of our children? I believe, honestly and truly, that it's only when we learn to operate with head and heart in harmony that we can achieve our true human potential. I've learned so much about what we're doing to harm this planet, it sometimes keeps me awake at night. [MUSIC PLAYING] [HELICOPTER SOUNDS] I think most people now know about carbon dioxide, CO2, nitrous oxide, the main greenhouse gas ingredients. But there's another ingredient of greenhouse gases, which is an even more potent gas, and that's methane. And one of the main contributors to the increase of methane, and the other greenhouse gases, is the modern agricultural farming of animals-- these intensive farms. As more and more people around the world get wealthy, as in China, it becomes a status symbol to eat meat. ...

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There is still a window of time. Nature can win if we give her a chance. In her first ever online class, Dr. Jane Goodall teaches how you can conserve the environment. She also shares her research on the behavioral patterns of chimpanzees and what they taught her about conservation. You'll learn how to act locally and protect the planet.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Amazing amount of learnings, and by the greatest teacher of all

What an amazing way to save her for posterity!!!

I have learned so much over the course of this class. Jane Goodall is so inspiring, and she has inspired me to raise awareness about global issues and make a difference in my everyday life.

What a fantastic course! While the outlook can sometimes seem grim, Dr Goodall has given us all hope, and some valuable tools to help inspire progress and positive change. Thank you!


Karen N.

A number of members of the Goodall community mentioned the need for education. There are already many organizations trying to bring outdoor learning and gardening to schools. I would like to see a percent of profits from meat producers go to support making this a part of every classroom. See for one that has a solution for COVID19. For my small part I am trying to change laws that make having a school garden part of accountability. Grades are the profits of schools and like others balancing doing the right thing and making a living, small steps are needed. The best path to be a vegetarian is to grow ones own food. It tastes better when you "create" it.

Bernardo F.

Yet, there are millions of people that refute global warming, even governments. Although it's true that the meat industry has a high impact, it's not the only one. As you said in respect to experiments on animals, cattle is still vital for people, either the ones that eat them or for the ones that earn their living by raising them. Agriculture also makes forests dissapear and it can be for feeding cattle as well as feeding us humans. Nontheless, we must make a change, it doesn't mean that you all should turn into a vegetarian, or vegan. You can low your consume, or you can look for better options: "organic" eggs and dairy, buying meat and fish from extensive culture, local producers, farms, etc. consuming local. We mustn't impose our lifestyle, but instead make people conscious on their impacts and how to lower them.

Aaditya M.

the sight of all of those cows was utterly shocking and very inhumane, WE call ourselves human!?

Antonia T.

All the people who eat meat are accomplice of the animal killing industry. More than 200 MILLION land animals are killed just for food around the world every DAY. If we count the fish and sea animals, the total is 3 BILLION of dead animals a day just for food. 3 billion! This killing machine creates also huge amounts of pollution, wastes lots of water and kills lots of plants. Eating animal meat should be forbidden by law, in my opinion. That's would be the first step on the right direction.


"It is only when we learn to operate with our head and heart in harmony that we can achieve our true human potential" and this Masterclass is an excellent access point for people to start to engage their natural curiosity and enquire what it means for them and their families. Jane's compassion and understanding is compelling, a great Masterclass.

Wisliana C.

Chefs should watch this class it and see that plant base diet is an emergency for the planet. Master class could embrace this fact and give vegan cooking classes. We have to give up old habits.

A fellow student

I wish everyone in the world would watch this class especially the episodes on "humans and the environment"


I hope someday this lecture will be available for free. It's too important not to be heard by everyone.

Nathalie L.

In wildlife is the preservation of the world.... I just listened to the first part of Jane. And I have tears in my eyes. Everything is so true. So obvious ... Thank you Jane, for opening our eyes and teaching us more and more to change for the sake of life. All lives ...

Diana H.

I felt very lucky to hear her conversations with indigenous peoples and their point of view on climate change. The change that has happened in their lifetime is supported by scientific evidence, This discussion on interconnection of all things has been a theme in her life work