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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!


December 27, 2007

Emilie Della Corte

Caritas Internationalis (Vatican City)

Today’s Date: 12 December 2007

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

I never had any pets but I have a bad memory of being attacked by a swan as a child

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

I liked being up in the mountains (is summer as well as on my skis in winter) where I felt free but at the same time small in front of the immensity of the mountains.

Now? I still like the mountains best

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

My favorite animal is the giraffe. I enjoy watching and admiring the elegance of this animal.

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?

For our humanitarian work at Caritas, we consider climate change the greatest environmental challenge facing us now and in the future. Just in the last 6 months, we have noticed a very notable increase in number of natural (weather-related) emergencies requiring Caritas’ response.

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

An obvious advice would be to recycle whatever can be recycled; & to push for the expansion of biofuel production to replace petrol & diesel in any way you can.

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