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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!


January 16, 2007

Tom Schum

non-affiliated (electronics technician)

Today's Date: Jan 14, 2007

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

I recall walking in Oakland in 1976, no job, no idea what would come next. Then I saw a chicken yard. I watched about 100 chickens for at least an hour, completely fascinated.

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

My brothers and I used to go to Mount San Luis in San Luis Obispo, CA (I grew up there). Later, I went on my own a number of times, and ate a lemon or two from a lemon grove at the highest foothill clearing.

Now? I like to get out on my bicycle and just go anywhere nearby.

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

I have always liked monkeys, but I think my favorite animal is the regular kitty cat (one of the few "companion animals" of humans).

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?

I think global warming is the greatest environmental challenge. I think repairing it will be the greatest challenge of the future. We could repair it now, but so few people have died from global warming that nobody is really interested in doing any repairs. The situation will become far more dire, then people and nations will think more about fixing it.

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

Live gently.

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