In the book, she quoted many people who found success in their respective fields, like Steve Jobs and Mark Twain. She also quoted primatologist Jane Goodall. Goodall’s quote in question: “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
For those unfamiliar with Jane Goodall, she is the world’s leading expert on chimpanzees. She was the first person to discover that wild chimpanzees make tools and have a similar social structure to humans. Her work in primatology has completely changed the way we understand our closest living non-human relatives.
She is also a major environmental and conservation activist. She travels the world campaigning for animal rights. At a conference in 1986, Goodall learned that chimpanzees’ habitats were being destroyed and that the animals were being hunted for the bush meat trade.
“I went to that conference as a scientist … and left as an activist,” she said. “I haven’t been more than three weeks consecutively in any one place.”
Suffice to say that Goodall and Ivanka share vastly different worldviews. Goodall is an 83-year old activist and brilliant scientist who spent decades living humbly in the rainforests of Africa. Ivanka Trump is a 35-year-old business woman, and now White House Aid, who grew up in the lap of luxury.
Jane wasn’t exactly thrilled that Ivanka quoted her in the book. This was her response:
“I sincerely hope she will take the full import of my words to heart. She is in a position to do much good or terrible harm. Legislation that was passed by previous governments to protect wildlife such as the Endangered Species Act, create national monuments and other clean air and water legislation have all been jeopardized by this administration. I hope that Ms. Trump will stand with us to value and cherish our natural world and protect this planet for future generations.”
“Ivanka has always believed that no one person or party has a monopoly on good ideas. When she was writing this book, she included quotes from many different thought leaders who’ve inspired Ivanka and helped inform her viewpoints over the years”.
Goodall is a firm believer in climate change and advocates climate change awareness across the globe. She speaks about how climate change is affecting our world’s wildlife and she’s even seen the impact of climate change on her beloved chimpanzees.
Donald Trump on the other hand ... is not a firm believer in climate change.
Donald Trump has openly denied climate change. He actually once said (tweeted), “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S manufacturing non-competitive.” Yeah, that really happened.
That wasn’t the first time that Trump denied global warming. There were actually many, many times that this happened. He claims that because of some cold weather, global warming can’t actually be a thing.
“Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive hoax!” he tweeted.
Besides him just claiming that global warming and climate change is a hoax. His position as POTUS is having a very real and negative impact on the environment. Upon his inauguration, Trump appointed Scott Pruitt, an infamous climate change denier as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This guy actually doesn’t believe that carbon dioxide emissions are the leading cause of global warming.
Pruitt has also called to pull out of the Paris Agreement, the international pact to fight climate change and reduce CO2 emissions. At the end of April, Trump and his advisors met to discuss whether they should pull out of the agreement altogether
For some direct and real-time environmental damage, Donald Trump overturned a law that prohibited companies from dumping coal mining debris in streams and rivers. With one swift signing of Resolution 38, Trump reduced the quality of our water. He said that the environmental regulation was a “job-killing rule.”
Because of Trumps stand on climate change … and literally almost everything else he stands for several celebrities have spoken against him. On April 29, thousands of protesters marched on Washington to protest Trump’s hazardous stance on the environment. Among celebrities and influential people supporting the Climate March were Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jane Fonda.
Jane Goodall has something to say to the Trump administration about its climate change policy, too.
Jane Goodall had plenty more to say about Trump Sr. than what she had to say to Ivanka. Upon Trump signing an executive order to dismantle Obama’s clean power plan, she had this to say:
“I find it immensely depressing because many of us – not just [The Jane Goodall Institute] – have been working really hard to create the Paris agreement and global effort to cut carbon emissions … Thinking that the USA isn’t going to play its part, such a major industrial country, is really very, very sad and it just means we’re going to have to work harder.”
The primatologist didn’t give her direct opinion on Trump. She told The Guardian, “I’m not going to tell you because you’ll print it!” She did say that she certainly felt a change in the atmosphere after visiting the U.S. after the election.
““There is definitely a feeling of gloom and doom among all the people I know. If we allow this feeling of doom and gloom to continue then it will be very, very bad, but my job is to give people hope, and I think one of the main hopes is the fact that people have woken up: people who were apathetic before or didn’t seem to care.
“Now suddenly it’s like they’ve heard a trumpet call: ‘What can we do? We have to do something.’ These are people thinking about future generations, not just themselves,” she said.
So, is it possible that Ivanka Trump will “stand with” Jane Goodall and those like her to support climate change awareness and protect the environment? Perhaps. Being the assistant to the President (and his eldest daughter) means she may have some sway on her father. She also has a much more moderate stance on climate change than Trump.
As of right now, Trump keeps delaying his decision on whether or not the United States will remain in the Paris agreement. Ivanka is actually taking a bigger role than expected in this decision. Although Trump is leaning towards leaving the agreement, he allowed Ivanka to create a review process for the decision. Will she be able to convince her father staying in the agreement to cut CO2 emissions best for the future of this earth? We’ll have to wait and see.
“In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees in their dominance rituals,” Goodall told The Atlantic. “In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging braches, throwing rocks.”