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Sziget: Jane Goodall Inspires Festival-Goers to Change with Impressive Speech

Hungary Today 2019.08.09.

This year’s Sziget Festival’s main message, ‘Love Revolution’ is about environmental consciousness and sustainable development. In this spirit, renowned primatologist, environmentalist, and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall held a short but positive and inspiring lecture for the “Szitizens” about her life, motivation and hopes.

Goodall entered the stage right after legendary Franz Ferdinand finished their concert; although she noted that people were here primarily for the music, it was exciting to observe that hardly anyone left the area after the British band had said goodbye to the festival.

Organisers gave her only a mere 10 minutes, which apparently wasn’t enough for her to go into details, or to reveal something previously unknown but proved to be enough to make big impression and a change in view, which, hopefully, will result in better decisions regarding the world that surrounds us and living creatures.


Jane Goodall, aged 85, is considered to be the world’s foremost researcher of chimpanzees. Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996. In April 2002, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace.

Stylishly, she started off by imitating a chimpanzee greeting. First, she talked about her childhood memories, about the origins of her fondness of animals and Africa. How she had been observing chimpanzees’ behaviour through sixty years, how she realized that their behaviour resembles men’s.

The (chimpanzee) males compete for dominance, swaggering, looking big and strong, reminding me very much of many human, male politicians today”

She also told, how her dog taught her that not only human beings have mind, personality, and emotions, despite what some “scientist” said. When she first had to face climate change and that chimpanzees’ habitat was in danger, she realized that without the improvement of local people’s life, animal protection is unimaginable too.

Jane Goodall at the Sziget Festival. Photo by Zoltán Balog/MTI

Perhaps, the most interesting and encouraging part was when she spoke about how she sees the future. She expressed her hope that the younger generations will understand problems, take action, and together change the world.

We can save the world, if we get together; we will save the world if we get together”

she concluded.

You can see her lecture in its entirety below (her speech starts at 8:20 min):

Following her appearance at the Sziget Festival, today, Goodall will visit Szeged too, where she will attend the opening ceremony of famous Hungarian wildlife photographer Bence Máté’s open-air photography exhibition.

Hungarian Bence Máté’s Award Winning Photos Showcase the Beauty of Wildlife – Photo Album!

featured image by MTI/Zoltán Balogh 

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