“After the verb ‘to love,’ the verb ‘to help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world.” Bertha Von Suttner
“Make yourself instrumental, not just ornamental.” Nana Elmore (my Nana).
These are words I try to live by, and this blog is made of words and ideas I want to share about climate and ecological justice, fair democracy and fair economy in Canada (and perhaps beyond). We are in a strange place right now, with the socioeconomic divide getting larger, new strains on our freedoms and rights, even to vote, being tied into legislation, and increased plundering/ destruction of our natural resources without hope or political will to switch to sustainable energy (and therefore economy). There is a call for action right now across the world for leadership to speak out, stir hope, and embrace new ideas; Canada is in a great place to make a difference. If we start acting like the world we want to see is possible, we can make it possible. As a scientific researcher (and an eclectic thinker), I hope I can contribute to catalyzing that world by starting some conversations and providing some useful data.
About the Title:
Bears have always held a special place in my heart, but I discovered the legend of the Spirit Bears relatively late, during my PhD. It was then that I learned about Great Bear Rainforest, which has become very important to me:
When Raven made the world, he sought out Black Bear, the keeper of dreams and memory, and Black Bear agreed that every one in 10 Black Bears would be white, the Spirit Bears, to remind us of the times when the Earth was covered in nothing but ice and snow. They are a symbol of peace and harmony. In return for Black Bear’s help, Raven made the Great Bear Rainforest, where he promised the bears would live in peace for all time.
– Tshimshian Legend
In addition to being symbols of peace, spirit bears are thought to have powers, notably to lead people to special places, and to guide youth when they have lost their path.
Amy Anne Lubik holds a PhD in prostate cancer research, was the founder of the Queensland University of Technology chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and an alumna of the Next Up Leadership program through the Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC/ GENIUS FOUNDATION. As a lover of animals and nature, she became involved in environmental advocacy when the pipelines began to threaten the Great Bear Rainforest, and is now a local organizer for Leadnow, advocating for democratic, economic, and climate justice.
Academic writings can be found here.