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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

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard

Zen Mountain Monastery

Today’s Date: July 17, 2008

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

I grew up surrounded by nature and thought for a long time that it was how most people lived. I still live surrounded by nature, but now I realize how incredibly fortunate I am to do so. I'm not even sure I can talk about an impact. It is my life.

As for an animal among animals, the loon has affected me the most deeply. I still can't believe that such an incredible creature is alive on this earth.

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

Near a body of water

Now? Near a body of water

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

See above.

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?

To close the gap that makes us see ourselves as separate from nature.

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

Care for it as you would for your own child.

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