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Gelareh Darabi

Growing up in Canada, I spent most of my free time outside. No after-school bike ride, swim or hike went on without spotting seals, eagles, owls, raccoons or coyotes. 

When I'd take the ferry out to the coastal islands, the captain would often announce that there were pods of killer whales or dolphins racing alongside us.

We'd all sprint to the appointed side to catch a glimpse of the majestic show. I'm amazed the boats never tipped over from the camera-wielding crowds.

Living amongst mountains, old-growth rainforests and beaches, it's no surprise Vancouver is the birthplace of Greenpeace. The seed of activism was also planted in me at an early age, as was my love of storytelling. Let's be honest, I'm nosy as heck and curious to a fault; I want to know who did it, why they did and how and that's just to start.

Journalism was the perfect excuse to ask all the millions of questions my mother always told me were rude to pose. These days, I want to know how we've gotten so close to such an alarmingly fragile ecological tipping point and who's doing something about it. That for me is the most rewarding part of working on earthrise, the people, who despite all the doomsday warnings and irreversible damage being done to our planet and its inhabitants, still get up every day and say we can do better than this.

It's an honour to meet these heroes and to see first-hand how using innovation, science and most importantly, passion, they are safeguarding this magnificent home of ours. It's our species at its best and it's a global movement. As for me, I haven't stopped riding my bike, in fact, it's my main mode of transport and I haven't stopped feeling incredibly humbled by the scenery and wildlife I meet along the way.

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