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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 18, 2006

Christina Papa

The Gray Area Dance Project

Today’s Date: 7-18-06

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

I guess the biggest impact in my life that has rooted from animal or nature sources alike would have to be when I went to this butterfly kingdom in Massachusetts, all of these butterflies were flying around me ( hundreds) and I could feel their wings brush against my skin, it was the coolest thing.

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

Yes, we had tons of forts when I was little, me and my friends always hung out in the trees, and I have plenty of scars from falling from them as well.

Now? Yes. I like to sit on some large rocks that were newly placed in our yard, there are trees and shade there and it's a good place to think and be at peace.

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

My favorite animal, this is hard..I Love Animals! all kinds..scaly creatures, furry ones ..if i have to choose would say the domesticated cat because they are smart, affectionate and loving, and extremely personable.

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?

I think the greatest environmental challenge lies in the fact of making others aware of what is happening, I work at a park daily and people are so quick to throw their trash on the ground, people do not think of the long term effects and it is really sad. The greatest challenge in the future I believe deals with our government and where the war is taking us, whatever happens with this is going to have a great effect on our future and our planet.

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

Our natural resources will eventually run out, what do you plan to do about it?

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