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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 02, 2006

Clyde Jackman

Minister, Dept. of Environment and Conservation, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Today’s Date: July 27, 2006

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

Ever since I was a child I have had an interest in both the sea and inland waters. In the sea I find majesty where you must develop a sense of respect for both the serenity and severity of what it provides. In inland waters, whether it be a day trouting, a morning salmon fishing or a canoe trip, it is relaxing and connects you to nature. So whether it is a day with fisherman hauling their nets, or casting a fishing rod on a beautiful, early morning in July, both of these types of experiences have impacted my life in a positive manner.

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

Not one place in particular. But, the swimming area near our community was always a favorite place. Climbing amongst the rocks and cliffs in and around the community brought fantasy and fun and games. At a very young age, going cod jigging just offshore from my community allowed you to see whales and tuna and a variety of birds.

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

The whale is my favorite animal. To see it swim and dive as it glides slowly through the water is almost soothing. Then to see a creature the size of a humpback rise out of the water, then turn on its side and strike the water sending it in every direction makes you realize how majestic these creatures are.

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 environmental change facing us now is climate change. As our climate changes so will so much of our habitat and the impact it has on us as human beings and the ecosystems around us. This will continue to present us with the greatest challenge.

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

The key to a sustainable society is balance. While we recognize that we need the economics we must never forget that we must protect and ensure we always have our natural endowments. We are connected to the sea, land and air and we must always be mindful of this.

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