Jane Goodall on Environmental Ethics


From spores - to sandpipers - to sloths ... in a world where so many living things face extinction, what is worth saving? What do we let go? Is there a Line in the Sand? The iconic conservationist and scientist Jane Goodall weighs in on the ethics and morality and responsibility behind how we see other living creatures.

Jane Goodall on Environmental Ethics

We started this segment with the sounds of Hainan gibbons making otherworldly calls. And conservationists believes it's close to last call for the primates found only in the shrinking forests of China's Hainan Island. The gibbons are one of the animals on a new list of the world's 100 most endangered species.

Perhaps few of us would miss the Dusky gopher frog, the Northern bald Ibis or Nelson's small-eared shrew. But the report asks a provocative question: Are all these species nevertheless priceless - or worthless? Are they priceless in and of themselves ... or are some just not worth as much of our concern and conservation efforts than other species?

As part of Line in the Sand - our project on ethical issues, we were joined by one of the world's most iconic scientists and conservationists. Jane Goodall is best-known for her pioneering work on chimpanzee behaviour. She's also the author of 14 books and the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute. Jane Goodall joined us in our Toronto studio.

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If you are in Toronto, Jane Goodall will be speaking at the Royal Ontario Museum next week, September 25th. Here is more information.

Dr. Goodall is a good friend of this program, and visited us here in March as part of our game changer project. Here is that interview.

Here is the 100 most threatened species list by the Zoological Society of London and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

This segment was produced by The Current's Chris Wodskou.

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