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After we decided to select a TreeHugger Person of the Year, we also wanted to see which of the eco-heroes of 2010 our readers would pick from our short list ballot and after a week of voting the response was definitive: Nearly a quarter of all votes were for Jane Goodall.
The reason for Goodall's popularity is simple: For 50 years, she has been researching chimpanzees and apes and advocating for the conservation of the world's most threatened habitats.For all of these years, Goodall has argued that conservation plans "cannot separate the people from the animals," and, indeed, from marine reserves to the savannas of Africa, policy makers are finally realizing that community involvement is essential to the protection of biodiversity.
2010, in particular, was a notable year in Goodall's career after the Jane Goodall Institute won two major grants and a theatrical about her life documentary is poised to hit theaters.
In the end, it is Jane Goodall's lifelong devotion to defending the environment, clearly, that resonates with TreeHugger's readers and we are excited to recognize her as TreeHugger Reader's Choice Person of the Year.
Click here to see who our editorial team selected as TreeHugger Person of the Year.
Read more about Jane Goodall:
Jane Goodall's Chimpanzees Win Prizes
Jane Goodall on Why She's REDD-Faced: Copenhagen's Big Market-Based Plan to Keep Forests Alive (Video)
Quote of the Day: Jane Goodall on the Human Animal
The Results are in:
TreeHugger's Person of the Year
TreeHugger's Person of the Year: The Shortlist