Goodall Swings Into Spokane to Talk About Making a Difference

By Paige Browning

She’s a UN Messenger of Peace, communicates with apes, and is moving full speed ahead at 80-years-old.  Dr. Jane Goodall swings into Spokane on Tuesday (April 9th) to speak at Gonzaga University.
 
Mother Earth herself would probably hire Dr. Jane Goodall with one look at her resume.  Goodall has dedicated 45 to studying the gombe chimpanzee, works to get young people involved in nature, and spends her free time on rivers or elsewhere outdoors.
 
Dr. Goodall says what sparked her love for the natural world was playing in nature as a child, and having a mother who encouraged her dreams.
 
[Goodall] “And I think that’s one of the problems in our modern world, is children live more and more in cement and in the virtual world, and they don’t have that wonderful opportunity to feel the soil and to grow things.”
 
Her institute’s Roots and Shoots program works towards this concern, connecting young people to work on community problems they care about.
 
In Spokane, Dr. Goodall will bring her message of why community involvement is important, she’ll tell tales of the gombe chimps in Africa, and may touch on her new book Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants.
 
Gonzaga University hosts Dr. Goodall as part of the presidential speaker series.  It’s open to the public Tuesday night, tickets available at the McCarthy Athletic Center or on the school website.
 
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