According to Merriam-Webster, activism is the action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.
In Diana van Eyk’s new book, “In the Valley of Lost Souls,” activism is redefined as an individual or group of people using the power of caring to restore our planet, form healthy relationships and build community.
“In the Valley of Lost Souls” explores the way our society treats individuals who are struggling economically by following the main characters, Dagmar and Ross, and their experience with homelessness.
“I believe that we need more situations where poor people are shown in a positive light and activists are portrayed as ordinary people that have demonstrated possible solutions,” van Eyk said.
In “In the Valley of Lost Souls” Dagmar and Ross seek shelter in a locally abandoned house. In a society that treats people as disposable, they must learn to survive.
As they tune into the voice of Anima Mundi, the soul of our planet, they weave a path through the fabric of their community, exploring themes of despair, loss and recovery.
“My story is about people who take an interest in the connection between healing themselves, their relationships, our communities and our planet,” van Eyk said.
Van Eyk also plans to donate a portion of the proceeds of the book to stopping pipelines that carry oil across Canada.
About the author:
Diana van Eyk is an activist, environmentalist, and blogger. She is a graduate of the Sheffield School of Interior Design and the Art Instruction School. Van Eyk is a member of the West Kootenay EcoSociety. She has been vegan for over 30 years. She uses her backyard garden and shared food-buying habits to enhance food security and make organic, non GMO food affordable for her community. She lives in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.