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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!


January 08, 2009

Alan White

Senior Scientist – The Nature Conservancy

Today’s Date: 23 July 2008

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

Living in the Galapagos Islands in 1971 and 1972 made me realize that nature in its almost pristine form is worth protecting.

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

Yes, my own back yard and farm land in California where I could chase the coyotes, climb trees, watch our cat catch field mice and much more, it was my awakening to nature.

Now? The coral reef in front our house in the Philippines where we can swim and see an endless variety of creatures that are always changing and going through life processes.

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

My favorite animal was my labrador dog when I was a kid. My favorite animal now is the dolphin because it seems to be able to master the sea, when given a chance, and because we as humans can learn from dolphins.

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 challenge facing us right now is our own inability to make the changes we need to make in light of climate change, population growth and the more manageable impacts of human development related to pollution, deforestation and other issues.

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

Limit your family size, be sensitive to the impact you and your family have on the environment; and work with others to help promote the same message.

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