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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 28, 2006

Jonathan Smith

President, Tambo Bluff Landcare Coastcare

Today's Date: 27/07/06

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

In my later life I have had many unforgettable animal encounters, but the greatest impact was probably interaction with the plain old, but extraordinary family dog that I knew as a small child. Sailing in a 14 meter yacht to the Antarctic Peninsula gave me a new perspective on nature.

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

Fossil cliffs and sea-caves at Beaumaris, Port Philip Bay

Now? Still love marine environments, particularly estuaries.

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

No favourites. I work with dinoflagellates and am still captivated each time I look down the microscope. I think the leafy sea-dragon is pretty special. I became very attached to storm petrels on a long lonely sailing trip across the southern ocean - they come out to play when it gets too rough for the albatross. We were caring for an injured grey-headed flying fox recently which was very rewarding.

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?

Changing the political, economic and social ideals that are destroying our natural ecosystems on a massive scale. Providing sustainable freshwater, food and shelter for all human societies. Redefining "prosperity" for all in a truly sustainable way. Ultimately, preventing the collapse of the planet's life-support systems.

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

Don't consume the future. Plant more trees. Eat more vegetables. Play more music. Sorry that's 4 pieces already.

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