Dr. Jane Goodall Partners with WIJABA for Environmental Education in Mexico
“A message of peace” Conference, held at the José Sánchez Villaseñor Auditorium of Ibero
"It is necessary to be aware of child slavery, as well as the origin of the products consumed in the world," noted the respected primatologist Jane Goodall on her second visit to the Iberoamerican University, where she gave the Conference "A message of hope".
Before this meeting, the United Nations Messenger of Peace had a workshop with Mexican children at Ibero, with whom she shared her experiences related to nature conservation in Africa.
In this activity, he pointed out that there are three main challenges for the human condition, which are related to each other.
The first is the terrible poverty that exists in some parts of the world, since it forces, for example, in Africa to abuse natural resources to achieve a means of subsistence. In turn, those who live in poverty in urban environments are forced to buy the cheapest products they find, and these are sometimes produced through child exploitation or without following adequate processes that protect the environment.
The second problem is that "we have much more than we need", so that children grow up thinking that they take everything for granted, without assigning their true value. The third, he said, is the enormous number of human beings that currently coexist on the planet, which translates into the clearing of forests and jungles, which increases the production of greenhouse gases.
At the “A message of peace” Conference, held at the José Sánchez Villaseñor Auditorium of Ibero, Goodall pointed out that although the food industry does not accept it, many chemicals used in its production negatively affect human health, and stressed that People are not yet aware that livestock is a source of greenhouse gases, as it produces high levels of methane gas, more dangerous even than carbon dioxide.
Shortly before the talk by Jane Goodall, the founder of the organization in favor of reading and education WIJABA (The World is Just a Book Away), indicated that he will shortly announce in Chihuahua an environmental education program in conjunction with the program Roots & Shoots, belonging to the Janes Goodall Institute, as well as the first of one hundred WIJABA libraries in Mexico.
The library, named after Jane Goodall, will be installed at the Matilda Acosta School in Mexico City, where it will serve more than 500 children as of 2017.
Jane Goodall's visit to the Universidad Iberoamericana was possible thanks to the collaboration of this house of studies with the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, AC and WIJABA.