Jane Goodall is one of my heros. I admire her dedication, curiosity, love and respect for chimpanzees and the entire animal kingdom of which we are a part. I reread her book, “The Chimpanzees I Love, Saving Their World and Ours” published in 2001 and dedicated to her mother who encouraged her to follow her dreams. Here is my poem constructed of excerpts from my reading.
Chimpanzees are more like us than any other living beings.
There is a great deal in chimpanzee relationships to remind us of our own behavior, more, perhaps, than many of us would like to admit.
I was very sad and shocked when I found out the chimpanzees, just like us, have a dark side to their nature.
The more we have learned about chimpanzees, the clearer it is that they ..do many things that we used to think only humans could do.
Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. And we have a choice: what sort of difference do we wan to make?
I have hope for the future because of the energy and commitment and persistence of young people around the globe.
Everywhere more and more people have begun to understand that their own lives do matter, that we are all here for a purpose, and we ca each of us make a difference.
There is not, after all, a sharp line dividing humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.
Make the world a better place for all living things.