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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!


November 10, 2006

Jim DiPeso

Policy Director, Republicans for Environmental Protection

Today's Date: November 9, 2006

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

My work as a journalist covering Lake Tahoe turned me onto a path dedicated to taking good care of the natural endowment that takes good care of us.

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

The sunny, mostly empty beaches in Morro Bay, California.

Now? Anywhere near saltwater. Must be genetic. My ancestors were fishmongers in southern Italy.

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

Any member of the cat family. Their sleek grace and solitary nature open doors to a mysterious world where human vanity is a fleeting, irrelevant abstraction.

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?

Global warming now, global warming decades from now. It is the most vexing, complicated, all-encompassing problem ever confronted by a dominant species that, for the sake of self-preservation, must learn new habits of foresight and self-discipline that are contrary to eons of wired-in and cultural drivers.

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

To borrow a thought from John Muir, everything is connected to everything else. Whatever we do, for good or ill, radiates outward in astonishing ways. Think carefully, act wisely.