Jane Goodall shown in a checked shirt with a young chimpanzee.

1934 –

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Growing up, Jane loved being outside and watching animals. More than anything she wanted to travel to Africa to see the animals that lived there. But Jane’s family didn’t have enough money to send her to Africa – or even to college. So she trained as a secretary and got a job. Jane’s mother always said, “If you really want something, you’re going to have to work hard … don’t give up.” And Jane didn’t – she eventually became the world’s greatest expert on chimpanzees.

What are you willing to work hard for?

Rachel Carson is one of our amazing people on the site, she began her work as a biologist and became a science writer. One her books, Silent Spring, warned of the dangers of the overuse of pesticides and policy began to change on its publication.

Do Just One Thing: Be a climate communicator. Ask yourself, ‘what can I do to make a positive impact?’

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