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!


September 18, 2010

Natalie Kirschstein

Regis University

July 23, 2009

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

growing up in a fairly rural area and spending a lot of time outdoors as a child

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

yes & yes

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

otter Because they're playful and social. Plus I love the water.

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?

education, partisanship and people's perceptions. 1) even though everyone has heard the words "global warming" etc, I don't think many people have a real appreciation of the issues affecting the environment, many are removed from any sense of nature (a friend of mine in the UK just volunteered with some city teenagers, one of whom said she hadn't realised there was anything other than concrete and buildings in Britain!). There are also people who probably don't have the time or energy to educate themselves. 2 & 3) Because so many environmentalists also happen to be more politically liberal, the environmental concerns are often seen as something to do with political stance rather than something beyond partisan politics, making some sectors less likely to care.

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

don't forget to care

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