By John Jurgensen
Flying over the Gombe national park in 1991, I realized that outside this tiny 30-square mile patch, all the trees were gone. More people than the land could support. Terrible poverty. That led to us to forming a program where the people created a buffer around the park. To make conversation work, you have to work with people and get them to be your partners. What’s the point of saving forests if we’re not educating young people? Our Roots and Shoots program, which is young people choosing projects to make the world better, is now in 120 countries. From pre-school right through university. I thought, the program is working so well in Africa, why wouldn’t it work on an Indian reservation? It makes perfect sense once you look.
Below: "British primatologist Jane Goodall holds a speech while sitting next to a toy monkey at the town hall in Hamburg, on September 3, 2011." (Christian Charisius/AFP/Getty Images)