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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!


July 15, 2009

Tozan Paco Verin

Ordained, Hollow Bones/Friends of Zen

Today’s Date: 7 February 2009

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

When my first dog was eaten to death internally by maggots. The guilt, the grotesqueness, and the reminder that death is ever-present and permanent are with me 21 years later.

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

Everywhere that was Nature, especially away from "civilization" and our buildings and noise. Specifically, in my hometown of Montclair, NJ, our back yard and tree house; Edgemont Park; Anderson Park; Mills Reservation. In north New Jersey, Lake Waywayanda State Park; in Clearwater, FL, a 350 wild area where we rode horses (but is now a neighborhood).

Now? The Poconos (PA), Rothrock State Forest (PA), any local state park that I hike in. Again, any nature lights me up. Our yard.

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

Dogs. I am an only child but grew up with two dogs, so transferred sibling connection to them. Friendly dogs know I am a dog person right away. They are all like family to me. I have not had a dog in 6 years, just because I'm too busy to care for one.

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?

Greatest challenge, present and future: our selfish addiction to comforts that we get at the expense of Earth.

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

Stop building and plant trees by the billions.

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