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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

Seth Cook

China Program Coordinator, IUCN-World Conservation Union

Today's Date: July 25, 2006

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

Probably with dogs and cats, as these are the animals that I grew up with.

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

Not particularly; I loved just about every natural area I visited.

Now? I still feel the same way.

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

It's hard to say, as I like so many animals. Probably cats (including big cats), because they can be great companions and yet are independent.

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?

There are so many monumental environmental challenges today. The greatest may be climate change, because it is already so far advanced and requires concerted international efforts to address.

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

Tread lightly on the earth - always be conscious of your impact on the planet.

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