Business, Politics & Society

Reasons for Hope (Cont'd)

Dr. Jane Goodall

Lesson time 0:09:53 min

Dr. Jane ends her MasterClass by reminding us that our work has just begun—and that our greatest tool for creating change is the one that we all share: the indomitable human spirit.

Dr. Jane Goodall
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Dr. Jane Goodall shares her insights into animal intelligence, conservation, and activism.
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Finally, there's what I call the indomitable human spirit, and there are icons out there illustrating the indomitable human spirit. So when I first got to Cape Town, it was the height of apartheid. Nelson Mandela was already imprisoned. And now, of course, thanks in large part to Nelson Mandela and that indomitable spirit that wouldn't give up, apartheid has ended in South Africa. Is there still racial discrimination? Yes, there is racial discrimination just about everywhere. But at least the ugly regime of apartheid is ended. And so I carry around with me a little piece of the limestone from the quarry where Nelson Mandela was forced to physical labor for 11 of his 27 years of imprisonment in Robben Island. And this little piece of limestone, for me, is very precious because it illustrates that indomitable spirit. And there are people I know with tremendous physical disabilities who lead lives that are so inspirational. So I met one of them just four days ago. Chris Koch, he's a Canadian. He was born with no legs, just one sort of. I don't know. It's about this long, coming out of his thigh. His arms come to here. He has no hands. And this incredible man, he's so full of life. He goes around the world on a skateboard. He kicks off with the little limb that he has. And children come, and at first, they're a bit scared. And then he goes to places like Cambodia, Vietnam, and he showed me photographs. And as he goes along the street, the children follow him as though he's a Pied Piper. And they cluster around him, and they're amazed. And this indomitable spirit shines through. He's so full of life. And he said, I was put together this way for a reason, and I'm going to help others who have disabilities to understand that this is not the end. And I'm going to help people who don't have disabilities to stop pitying and to realize that we disabled people have a role to play. I met another extraordinary person who lost a leg and an arm because a landmine exploded in Cambodia. He was there in the armed forces. And so he had always wanted to run marathons, and he overcame the pain in his legs. He began running marathons, and he actually ran the most tough marathon in the world on his prosthetic leg. And that is the marathon across the Sahara Desert. Unbelievable that you can run across the Sahara Desert, and this is the piece of the sock that he put over the stump on his leg to stop the sand from rubbing him raw. What an amazing man. And at the same time, I've got this little bell. And this bell is made from a landmine that was diffused in Cambodia. And it's something that I ring on the International Day of Peace. And something else that's amazing. This indomitable human spirit that's able to tackle everything, and giant forest rats have been trained. And I've met them, and I've seen the trainer. ...

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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 love the way Jane presents information to all audiences. She would be a great person with whom to swap stories and adventures!

That was absolutely beautiful and inspirational! I loved it.

I was amazed by this class, Jane broth me the awareness I needed to start my journey to help save the world!

Dr. Jane Goodall has always been inspiring to me and hearing her speak first hand was a wonderful way to spend the evenings! I would like to learn more about the roots and shoots program and see if I can implement it locally here in my kids school.


Olivia S.

Dr. Goodall has reminded me the impact we can have if we all put aside differences and think about the future of our planet. During this pandemic, the weeks people have been in self-isolation has helped the environment drastically. It has also made people slow down and be reminded of simplicity of life (despite the hardships some are going through). We can make this world better if we remember how to speak up for what is right. This masterclass was wonderful and taught me a lot on doing my part.

Mingue P.

it was very impressive lecture to me. i wish my son's music can include this kinds of meaning inf the future. i am sure my son can be an artist who think nature and anamal and poor people.

Deema H.

Listening to Jane brought me so much peace and hope, her beginnings inspired me as a mission driven person and as a mother. I watched Dr. Goodall's class during Covid-19 pandemic curfew, her talk about unsustainable lifestyle that we've all adapted resonated with the conditions we are currently facing. We got used to abundance in everything that we fell into a state of panic at the first sign of crises.


Thank you... I have listened to you with all my heart. Thank you for the message you deliver and the energy you provides.

A fellow student

This lesson was fabulous. I loved learning about Jane's beginning interest in chimpanzees and their connection to humans. I learned so much. I was then was very grateful for her conservation lessons. Wonderful Master Class! Thank you.

A fellow student

This master class by Dr Jane Goodall is a master piece. So insightful with so much experience. I've learned so much.. it just broadened my perspective. Amazing..& thank you very much.

A fellow student

Dear Masterclass, please give out this masterclass for free. Her message is so important...!

A fellow student

You have an Indomitable Spirit. Mahalo nui Dr. Goodall for this masterclass.

Ruth B.

Dr. Goodall has so much to teach us, and I thank her from my deepest heart for making this Master Class! Not only is her insight invaluable, her experiences with the chimps, her activism, her beautiful spirit are all here to share. Not to mention that looking at this beautiful woman and hearing her soothing voice for hours is a balm to my soul... Thank you Dr. Jane. You're astounding.

Isabelle F.

Loved it. Jane incarnates common sense, wisdom, balance, confidence, simplicity and of course hope. All we need. Thank you for being so inspiring!!