Hello, my name is Holly and my pronouns are she/her. I am writing this statement to acknowledge that I write from a position of privilege as a white, third-generation Italian settler currently living on traditional, unceded Mi'kmaq lands subject to the Treaties of Peace and Friendship between the British Crown and the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Abenaki, and Penobscot peoples of the Maritimes. My privileges and lived experiences inherently inform my perspective, and it is not my intention to speak on behalf of BIPOC or LGBTQIA+ peoples or other underserved communities. I am passionate about a broad range of environmental issues. I believe it is important to center humans when addressing environmental topics and resist the dichotomy of nature and culture. Through my writing I hope to act as an ally by actively listening, learning from, and amplifying the perspectives of underrepresented and underserved groups and communities. Please reach out if you feel my language could be more inclusive or if my writing does not include an appropriate perspective.