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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!


August 28, 2006

Audun Hjertager

Marine Biologist, Bergen Aquarium, Norway

Today's Date: 28 August 2006

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

A low budget sailing trip from Norway to Australia aboard an old sailing vessel

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

One of them was a hut in a tree.

Now? The sea

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

My favourite animal is our cat, because I know her personality best. Generallly I like benthic sea animals like echinoderms, sponges, crustaceans because of strange structures and great diversity.

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?

The greatest challenge is to reduce human induced climatic change (global warming). In the future, the challenge will be to live with it.

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

If you are in doubt - believe in the international society, start with the UN.

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