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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!


March 13, 2010

Christopher Hile

U.S. Army (Retired)

Jul 23, 2009

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

I grew up in the woods and had several cats. Forests have always been important to me.

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

There was a pine forest nearby that held great wonder for me as a child. Now I have a thinking spot amid the wichita mountains in the Medicine Park wildlife refuge.

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

Any kind of cat from domestic to wild. They can be ferocious, graceful, affectionate, and are beautiful.

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?

Right now the greatest change is the acidity level in the ocean. As it is it is eating away at our coral reefs. The greatest challenge for the future will be growing crops for biofuels and trying to prevent the runoff of fertilizer into the water systems. The fertilizer has caused the acidity rise and dead zones in the ocean with no oxygen.

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

Grow bamboo and industrial hemp (not the smoking kind). These are two very useful and renewable resources. People breathe oxygen produced by trees. We need to stop deforestation.

Do you have any comments or other information that you would like to share relating to this project?

I wish you good luck with this survey. Work like this is often the source of voices that need to be heard.

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