Thanks to my sister Michelle McIlroy for designing the logo!


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!


July 15, 2009

Richard Schwartz

President of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) and Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV)
Associate Producer of A SACRED DUTY (
Director of Veg Climate Alliance (

Today’s Date: 8 July 2009

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

attending boy scout camp

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

The Beaches in Far Rockaway, NY

Now? High Rock Park in Staten Island

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


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 climate change, now and in the future, since it is rapidly moving the planet to an unprecedented catastrophe.

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

Become a vegan and encourage others to become vegans, with an emphasis on natural, organic, local foods, because it is the most important step a person can take to help the world avoid a worldwide catastrophe from global warming and other environmental threats. For more information, please see my over 140 articles and 20 podcasts at, and please see the documentary that I helped produce "A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World" at

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