Thanks to my sister Michelle McIlroy for designing the logo!


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

Monina Gilbey

Project Officer, Environment Protection and Heritage Council, Australia

Today's Date: 12 February 2007

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

When I was young, my dad would take me and my brother outside in the evening to watch spiders weaving webs. He would also stand us near a window during thunderstorms so that we could watch the lightning. These small acts helped me to learn that I should not fear nature, but respect it and appreciate its beauty.

(My mother was an ardent recycler of everything - particularly water. Growing up in such a "green" household, it's no wonder I have a passion to care for the environment).

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

Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

Now? Kangaroo Island, South Australia.. I still go to Kangaroo Island for holidays now. It has beautiful, clean beaches with pure water and white sand. There is a treasure trove of wildlife: fairy penguins, wallabies, kangaroos and seals - to name a few. If you ever visit South Australia, you must go to Kangaroo Island - it is a very special place.

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

I love so many animals that it is very hard to choose just one. My favourite is the gecko. I sometimes find them under pot plants in my garden - occasionally they venture into our house. I love watching them climbing walls - it is truly amazing.

I have started a garden design business, which concentrates on designing with local plant species. As I love geckos so much, the business has a green gecko for its logo.

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?

Climate change. One of the greatest challenges is convincing those who aren't "green" to make changes to their lives e.g. consume less resources, drive their car less etc.

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

We only have one earth and we need somewhere to live.Think about the effect of your actions on this planet and what changes you can make to your local environment. Calculate your ecological footprint and try to start reducing your footprint today.

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