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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

Kevin Parker

Institute of Natural Resources, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand

Today's Date: 2 August 2006

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

By paying attention to ones surroundings it is possible to have beautiful interactions with nature and animals on a daily basis, no matter the habitat you find yourself in - we are not separate from nature and animals, we just frequently treat them with complete disregard and ignorance

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

Now? Yes on both counts

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

Lots of favourites, but fernbird, a species I have researched, are probably my favourite as I have spent a lot of time with them, and they have loads of character

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?

People learning to use the mush between their ears for something other than their own selfish needs and wants

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

As the great Jim Harrison says, everybody could vastly improve the quality of their lives simply by paying more attention, I would add to this-attention to themselves, the other people around them, plants, animals, fungi, mould, etc , and attention to the ground beneath their feet and the sky above the heads.

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