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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 26, 2006

Mary Akers

The Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology (ITME, Inc.), Dominica

Today’s Date: July 24, 2006

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

Probably my childhood, spent in a remote area of the Appalachians. Our nearest neighbors were a mile away and we were surrounded by woods with a pond in our front yard.

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

Probably at the top of the tallest pine tree behind the house. Also in/around the pond.

Now? Anywhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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

Sea turtle. They are wise and ancient and slow and graceful.

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?

Climate change and destruction / depletion of the world's oceans.

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

Don't take water for granted and don't treat it carelessly. It all comes back around eventually.

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