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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 10, 2009

Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.

Executive Director - Port of Los Angeles

Today’s Date: 27 September 2008

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

I was captivated by marine organisms when I first took an invertebrate zoology course as an undergraduate at Rutgers University. The colors, the shapes and textures of the animals, there are just so beautiful, I was hooked!

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

The woods behind my house. When I was a kid, the world was safer and it was ok to drift far from your home and explore the woods. Also, my parents had a camp in the Adirondack Mountains in upper New York State, we had our own pond and lots of acres of woods and streams to explore.

Now? I like the desert in springtime, the rocky intertidal zone and my garden

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

I don’t think I have a favorite animal. I have come to care more about elephants as we have learned more about their strong family bonds. I think about that whenever I see the elephant walk from the port to the city for the circus.

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?

I think our greatest environmental challenge is health impacts associated with air pollution and airborne particulate matter. I think climate change I our greatest challenge in the future.

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

Get rid of half of what you have and consume less- you probably will not miss a thing.

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