Business, Politics & Society

Climate Change

Dr. Jane Goodall

Lesson time 9:42 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.

I think Jane Goodall is a remarkable woman with a great heart. I am glad to hear her stories and thoughts.

This woman is a gem for our world. An amazing human being.

I'm increadibly gratefull for this masterclass, this wisdom and courage I got with learning from it. Ready to make this world a better place!! Thank you so much.

An amazing piece! I am inspired to stand for healthy connection to everything and everybody.



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

A fellow student

More science needs to be supported by our public institutions. Knowledge of our natural world is now ever more important. Goodall does a great job of interesting many levels of society in learning about science and being attentive to the planet we live on.

Gabriela L.

Unfortunately I have to admit I take long baths every day and I also flush the toilet everytime I piss. Those habits became normal for me, but as Jane explains the tragic implication of being unconcious, I feel embarrased. From now on, I promess to change those unfriendly-nature pattern to make my personal contribution to stop climate change and the mother earth destruction. Regarding to the everyday-meat diet, once I tried to became vegetarian and I realised how difficult it was in Mexico, where I live, because you are fighting against the entire culture: the whole vegetarian menus are not only rare in most restaurants but also more expensive than carnivorous ones, because people feel being vegetarian is a kind of luxury or a trendy pattern. Also, If you tried to eat only vegetables and dried fruts at home, you can be severe judged by your carnivorous relatives (read, as an example, the biography of Franz Kafka). In that sense, vegetarians must also become very indifferent to the public opinion to protect nature and have their own income to buy healthier food.


Something that really struck me was the fact that meat is a status symbol and that is one of the reasons why meat consumption increases with levels of wealth. But obviously we don't want people to remain in poverty, so there's a real conflict there that needs to be addressed somehow... It's also tricky because we would want a truer price to be put on something like meat - a price that takes into account the many environmental costs, e.g. - and yet, the problem stays because again, it is because it is a more expensive item that people, once they have the money, want to consume it... This is definitely something I would like to figure out. I have adopted a vegan diet after being a vegetarian pretty much my whole life, and whilst I was motivated to try a vegan diet after watching 'Cowspiracy', which really highlighted the environmental impacts of not only meat but also dairy and eggs, ultimately I eat what I eat because it is what I want to eat - what I feel morally good about eating and what actually makes me feel healthy physically. But someone eating meat would say the same - that it is what they want...right? Or would they agree? Have they even thought that much about it? Often when it comes to our daily actions, we don't... Would love to know anyone else's thoughts on this matter! :)

A fellow student

Perhaps she and John Coleman should have a discussion on climate change. She can expound on the weather and he can talk about chimps.

Belinda M.

Its frightening the rate at which the climate has changed, and the rate it continues to do so. Democracy needs to be redefined, so we don't have to be witness to what is blatently obvious, being denied. However, that is only one person, there are millions more who can turn this around.

Svanfridur M.

Climate change... I can't even put into words how it makes me feel. Terrified. Angry. Dismayed. First of all, as a child I find it incredibly enraging to recognize that a) my biggest fear is climate change, and I have abandoned the other scientific and literary courses I always wanted my life to take because it is climate change action that is where I am needed, and that b) already I seem to be taking more responsibility for the mistakes of my predecessors than some of them themselves are! Not to be snotty or a braggart, but it is so frustrating to make sacrifices in a last ditch effort to save my peers, myself, and the human species that I know has so much potential if it could just survive, and then to watch as my people elect a president who points to a chilly day as disproving the whole thing! Climate change is like a child refusing to learn to walk. It seems so much easier to the naive baby (that is humanity) but eventually, it'll ruin its life. And in time, it'll have gotten so used to crawling it won't know how to adapt when it finally realizes its errors. How ridiculous a bind we've gotten ourselves in! Please, to those who can actually vote and get into roles of leadership, at least give us youth enough time to age enough for we can have a future to look forward to.

A fellow student

I would be interested in getting input from other community members on how they would impact their government in making the absolute critical changes to help stop or slow down Global Warming this includes Dr. Jane Goodall