Chapter 14 of 29 from Dr. Jane Goodall

Climate Change


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

Topics include: Methane & The Meat Industry • A Growing Awareness

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

Topics include: Methane & The Meat Industry • A Growing Awareness

Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall Teaches Conservation

In 29 lessons, Dr. Jane Goodall shares her insights into animal intelligence, conservation, and activism.

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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.

Watch, listen, and learn as legendary naturalist Dr. Jane Goodall shares decades of her work and observations.

A downloadable workbook with lesson recaps is available in two versions: one for adults and one for families.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Jane will also critique select student work.


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

Great and very inspirational experience - filled with valuable lessons to life in general. Thank you very much for sharing!

This was a fantastic class taught by a truly saintly woman who represents the actions of hope of which she so eloquently speaks!!!

i feel happy... I feel passionate... I feel hope..

Perhaps more footage of the research ms Goodall was discussing



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

Debbie L.

Sometimes it seems so hard to stay hopeful in times like these... I've found optimism to be one of my last few guiding light: “Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.” - Chomsky.

Mary H.

model for teaching children about deforestation, pollution, & erosion

Mary H.

Climate engineering via chemical ice nucleation must also be addressed.

Louanne F.

I agree that the use of the term "global warming" has been unfortunate, since it does give people who choose not to believe in science an excuse when their own environment happens to be cold. Global climate change is a much more appropriate term, and hopefully that will start to impact more people's thinking. I am recommending this course to everyone in the hopes that they will begin to see this is far more important that political posturing - it's crucial for life on earth.


I am starting community centers in China now. Are​ there any materials, statistics, or other resources from Dr. Goodall that I can use to come up with a class in my community center about protecting our environment and globe?


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. ...