BOULDER - More than 8,000 people gathered in an auditorium on the campus of CU-Boulder Thursday night to hear a lecture given by a pioneer primatologist and conservationist, Dr. Jane Goodall.
Goodall has dedicated her life's work to educating people about the threats facing chimpanzees in Africa and conserving habitats around the globe.
At 81, her focus is as much about people as it is about animals and the environment.
It's been more than two years since Goodall last visited Colorado. She was invited to the 50th George Gamow Memorial lecture Thursday night at the Champion Center in Boulder.
Before the lecture, Goodall spoke exclusively with 9NEWS. She said her goal is to inspire others to make a difference.
"The fact is that you and I, all of us make a difference everyday," said Goodall, "we have a choice about what kind of difference we are going to make."
To a group of thousands of spectators, Goodall said global change begins with local change and expressed that there is still so much work to be done."We've saved a few forests across Africa and there are still so many forests to save with chimpanzees, and we've done very little to alleviate poverty," said Goodall. "But before you think globally, roll up your sleeves, get out there and see the difference you make. You and your friends, or your group. It's happening all over the world. Then, you dare to think globally."
Goodall spent Thursday afternoon planting trees with students at Horizons Alternative Charter school in Boulder as part of her Roots & Shoots effort now in 140 countries.
On Friday, she will speak with inmates at the Boulder County Jail.
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