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Ever since I was a child, I have been very interested in nature and the environment. I have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology, and have worked as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and ecologist. I am conducting a brief survey of world leaders, government officials, religious leaders, corporate CEOs, environmental groups, wildlife experts, and others regarding nature and the environment. I am also very interested in religious views, customs, and beliefs from around the world, and the interactions between religion, culture, society, and the environment. This is something I am doing out of personal interest, and is not connected to any group or organization. I have been working on this project since the summer of 2006, and hope to eventually turn it into a book and/or documentary. I am hoping to make this into a global project, with responses from all segments of society. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or comments. If you have not already done so, I hope that you will consider taking part in my project, and please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! Thanks for stopping by!


July 19, 2006

Allan P. Drew

Professor, State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Today's Date: July 19, 2006

1. What interaction with an animal and/or nature in your life has had the biggest impact on you?

When a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa I was chased by a hippopotamus in Zambia. It taught me respect for nature!

2. Did you have a favorite place in the great outdoors during your childhood?

Yes - the sand hills overlooking the Wisconsin River

Now? L'Escalier Tete-chien (snake's staircase) in Dominica

3. As a former zookeeper, I would love to know what your favorite animal is, and why?

Chestnut-mandibled toucan, the largest toucan in Central America. The bird reminds me of the rain forest which is its habitat and an ecosystem most fascinating and most endangered.

4. What do you think is the greatest environmental challenge facing us now, and what do you think will be the greatest challenge in the future?

Controlling carbon emissions and reducing the global warming that is and will result

5. If you could give everyone one piece of advice regarding the environment and our natural resources, what would it be?

Treat the natural world with respect and be a good steward of it, realizing that however much we might try to separate ourselves from it and exploit it for our use, we are intimately interconnected with it and dependent upon it for our wellbeing and survival as a species.

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