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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!


February 14, 2007

Jean-Christophe Vié, DVM, Ph.D.

Deputy Head, Species Programme, IUCN - The World Conservation Union

Today's Date: 12 Feb 2007

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

Working on marine turtles. They make the link between land and oceans. They are easy to see and the best support for communication and education about the environment. You can have 20 fascinated kids around a turtle on a beach listening to you for 30 minutes...

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

I dreamt alot about the East African Parks

Now? East African Parks and the Amazon forest.

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

Many but I used to be a primatologist and therefore white faced sakis, the subject of my thesis, come on top of the list.

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?

Human population growth and associated consumption modes and climate change

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

Save as much as you can (water, energy..), do not buy useless things (big cars, ...), think twice before buying (do you really need this? What does the producer do for the environment?... ) and in general reduce consumption.

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