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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 27, 2007

Rabbi Lawrence Troster


Today's Date: 02/26/07

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

When I was younger, I went on many canoe trips in Northern Ontario (I am originally from Toronto). These are the most importance interactions that I have had. More recently, summer of 2001, wilderness kayaking trip in Alaska and many others since then.

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

The lake that my camp was on.

Now? No, there are many. I like the mountains and oceans particularly.

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

Hard to say. I really like dogs because of their emotional response to humans. But I am particularly awed by large birds, especially raptors.

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. Species extinction.

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

We are part of the environment. It is not "out there" in the wilderness. It is all interconnected. And we need to realize that at every moment of our lives.

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