Jane Goodall is one of those wise souls who’s impression upon the world will be forever known. She has spent a lifetime speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. Because of her dedication to primates and the environment, many more of us know the complexities of nature and species not our own.
Just a few short weeks from now, on April 22, will be Earth Day and the March for Science. No matter our political leanings, we all benefit from science, whether it be environmental, primatology, or otherwise. While I won’t be able to march that day, I will be fulfilling a lifelong dream by visiting the Galápagos Islands, the very place that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. It continues to flourish due to the tireless diligence of conversationists who seek to preserve one of nature’s most unique and diverse ecosystems. While I will only be a visitor, I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to this planet and all the scientists, including Goodall, who are doing their damnedest to keep it full of beauty, resources, and life.