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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

E. Rushing

President/Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

Today's Date: August 28, 2006

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

The biggest impact on me has been with nature and the work that I am currently doing at the Garfield Park Conservatory and really understanding the impact that plants have on every aspect of our daily lives.

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

My favorite public place was the park or just anywhere outdoors.

Now? Now I love being close to the water any lake or ocean.

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

My favorite animal is the lion. Everyone and everything reveres the lion.

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 now is global warming and recycling. I don’t think any of us can tell what it will be in the future other than catastrophic if it current environmental issues are not addressed now!

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

My advice to everyone would be do your part now to protect the environment and our natural resources and teach your children to respect nature.

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