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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!


October 11, 2008

Sam Gardiner MLA

Ulster Unionist Politician

Today’s Date: 9 July 2008

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

I am very fond of dogs, having owned 2 boxer dogs. I currently keep a parrot and koi carp fish.

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

In my childhood I was very fond of getting to the seaside.

Now? I would like to again visit Brisbane, Australia

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

I don't have one particular favourite animal. As stated in No. 1 I did own 2 boxer dogs, both of which are now buried in my front lawn with a marble plenth over their grave. I also enjoy keeping koi carp fish and my parrot who I have taught to say a few things.

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?

The greatest environment challenge facing us I believe is pollution both now and in the future. Also the pollution of our waterways.

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

Treat everyone and everything with respect as all has been given to us by God.

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