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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!


June 24, 2008

Nese Sevig

Project Manager – Active Tourism (Turkey)

Today’s Date: 16 June 2008

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

I grew up in Ankara, the 2nd biggest city of Turkey. There weren't many natural sites around where I grew up. However, every summer, we used to go to a village on the Black Sea where my family originates from. This is the place where I feel free. I had many different animals there: cats, dogs, cows, sheep and chickens. And most importantly, there was nobody to shout "do not walk on the grass!!" Perhaps that is why I always feel more free when I am there.

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

The Black Sea village where my family comes from.

Now? Anywhere with a forest and the sound of a river.

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

Horses. They always cheer me up because they are strong and beautiful.

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?

Global warming generally, but more specifically for the future I suppose finding water will be very difficult. This might cause our end.

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

Use the natural resources effectively and efficiently. We will not be able to have them once they are finished. So think twice before you act.

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