In pur­suit of free wa­ter

Bik­ing across Canada in sol­i­dar­ity with wa­ter pro­tec­tors

The McGill Daily - - Front Page - Ali­son Gu Fea­tures Writer

The expedition: a jour­ney from Ot­tawa to Vancouver by bike with many goals. First and fore­most, sol­i­dar­ity with the Tsleil-wau­tuth, Cold­wa­ter, and Squamish First Na­tions. To up­lift their voices and hold space (and raise money) so they don’t just sur­vive, but thrive. Sec­ondly, to ad­vo­cate for the en­vi­ron­ment, through pho­tos, ex­pe­ri­ences, sto­ries. To share the beauty of na­ture while demon­strat­ing its fragility. And thirdly, sus­tain­abil­ity of self: to ac­tively pur­sue that which is so eas­ily lost and for­got­ten: joy ( how ephemeral it is), dis­cov­ery ( how unique it is), and hu­man kind­ness ( how beau­ti­ful it is). To spread aware­ness through my photography and story the un­de­ni­able links be­tween men­tal and phys­i­cal health and na­ture, and of how ab­so­lutely cru­cial it is to pre­serve our en­vi­ron­ment – even if, at worst, it’s for our own self­ish selves.

“To share the beauty of na­ture while demon­strat­ing its fragility. [...] To spread aware­ness through my photography and story the un­de­ni­able links be­tween men­tal and phys­i­cal health and na­ture, and of how ab­so­lutely cru­cial it is to pre­serve our en­vi­ron­ment—even if, at worst, it’s for our own self­ish selves.”

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