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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!


September 04, 2006

Jaqueline M. Goerck

Director, BirdLife/SAVE Brasil

Today's Date: 04 September 2006

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

When I started working for a bird-banding initiative at the University of São Paulo in 1985 and held birds in my hands for the first time, I realized how fragile they were and decided to dedicate my life to study and conserve them.

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

I did not have a favorite place, I just loved being outdoors, observing small and big animals, enjoying nature.

Now? Still the same

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

Such a hard question. I love to see bizarre animals in zoos. I think it is great to have national animals because most children or adults will never see these animals in nature. However, I think it is also interesting to see exotic animals (at least from my perspective), such as aardvarks and others, because it is unlikely that I will ever see them in nature myself.

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?

Changing human's perception about the responsibility each individual plays in conserving the natural environment for themselves and for future generations.

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

My advice would be that human beings should slow down, try to understand the importance of each one of their attitudes and avoid living in a frenetic rhythm imposed by the current society. This way they would be, perhaps, more likely to understand the consequences of their attitudes.

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