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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 20, 2006

Teresa M. Woods

Kansas State University

Today's Date: 7-20-2006

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

camping as a child

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


Now? Yes.

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

Elephants -- perhaps because of their intelligence.

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?

Pollution. Air pollution leads not only to direct health risks like asthma, but also to global warming, acid rain, etc. Water pollution leads to eutrophication of bodies of water as well as toxic build-up, poisoning numerous organisms or even just changing the normal chemical dynamics. Land pollution through agricultural chemicals, toxic waste dumps, etc., poison organisms and ecosystems either directly or indirectly through the trophic levels -- affecting the organisms that may normally come to mind as well as pollinators, decomposers, mycorrhizae, and all sorts of other microorganisms, and so altering ecosystem function.

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

Think. Seriously think your actions through to all their logical conclusions and then let your conscience be your guide.

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