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Emily Smith is a vegan, environmentalist, naturalist, graduate student inhabiting the Boston area. Growing up without religion taught her to value scientific inquiry and fact-seeking behaviors, as well as the oneness of matter that unites all of the diversity in existence. She believes that our simultaneous insignificance and seemingly limitless influence leaves us uncertain about our place in the universe. We possess the power to terminate entire species, but without sufficient foresight we increasingly find this capacity pointed at ourselves. Emily hopes to help others address this turbulent situation and to spiritually embrace the connectedness of all things. She is working on a master’s degree in holistic counseling at Lesley University, after which she intends to pursue a doctoral degree with a focus on positive psychology and ecopsychology.