Lauren S: An Ontario resident trying to Stop TMX!
Where do you live?
I was born and currently live in the town of Newmarket, which is situated on the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe Peoples and the treaty land of the Williams Treaties First Nations.
What simple way do you have for people to get involved in protecting the planet?
The planetary crisis is overwhelming. I've noticed that I feel more grounded when I make small but continuous changes to my consumption habits. Basically, consume less and more thoughtfully! Staying connected with like-minded, compassionate people also keeps me motivated and in a positive headspace.
What is the driving force behind your activism?
I am driven by the connection I feel with other terrestrials. For most of my life I have felt a calling to help create a future where all beings (both humans and nonhumans) are treated as equals.
What do you love most about mother earth?
Her diversity. The various ways of being in the world that all humans and other beings experience. I remember an encounter I had with a Barred Owl at a local forest. We stood for minutes making eye contact from a safe distance. To think that we both experience the same world, but in completely different ways, makes me feel a sense of wonder.
Where else do you volunteer?
In addition to working with the Protect the Planet media team, I currently help foster dogs for an animal rescue organization. I had the pleasure of helping to organize the first two Hug the Mountains when I was living in Victoria on the territories of the the Lekwungen Peoples, known today as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. I am also a deputy editor of a blog where I commission articles related to law and the environment.