Hey, I'm Shelby.

 

I'm a twenty-something adventurer with a thirst for travel and an ecocentric mindset - I believe there is great innate value in nature beyond what it can provide for humans, AND that we have a duty to protect it. 

I am a Vancouver-based student with a degree in Psychology, an Advanced Specialty Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership, and working towards my Masters Degree in Resource Environmental Management. I work with a couple not-for-profit organizations in my community, sit on multiple environmental boards, and my thing is helping build a more sustainable world.

I currently spend my days at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia working on my Masters Degree. My research is focused on Canadian Zero Emission Vehicle policy, trying to figure out how transforming the transportation sector can help reach our greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets.

 

My inspiration

I generally attribute my commitment to nature to my unique upbringing, but I'm not sure if "unique" quite captures it. 

I grew up totally off the grid; my childhood home was void of a telephone, computer, or cable television. No connection to city electricity or water, no road even. My parents powered my childhood home by starting a generator and heated the house by building a fire in the fireplace every morning. Our drinking water was collected from a stream behind our house, housed in massive tanks with an elaborate filtration system.

Oh and you could only access my childhood home by boat- a half hour boat ride every single day, multiple times a day- to and from kindergarten and later elementary school, to and from the grocery store, to and from anywhere. My backyard was endless forest, my front yard was the immensely deep Pacific Ocean, and my only neighbours were black bears, cougars, and the occasional Orca. It was without a doubt in these early years of my childhood that I had integrated the natural world deep within my own sense of identity.

As an adult my worldview is, perhaps, unconventionally ecocentric. 

 
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
— Lord Byron