Tar Sands Tour
Bloody oil: the struggle against the Tar Sands
Indigenous people in Canada are fighting ‘the most destructive project on earth’ – the extraction of oil from Tar Sands. Hear their stories first hand and get involved in the new UK campaign to halt one of the world’s fastest growing causes of climate crisis.
Featuring, from the Indigenous Environmental Network in Canada:
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, a Dene woman belonging to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation of Northern Alberta, is the Freedom from Oil Campaigner for the Rainforest Action Network.
Heather Milton-Lightening, from the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan, has been organizing with the Native Youth Movement since 1995. She is now the Alberta based Tar sands Campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network.
Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta. She has been working as an advocate for Indigenous rights for the past 9 years, and currently works for Greenpeace Canada
Tar Sands Speaker Tour Itinerary
13th November – 7-9pm Bristol Arnolfini, C words Festival,
14th – 3-5pm Bristol Arnolfini, Trapese Collective:Workshop on grassroots activist education and direct action, http://www.trapese.org
14-15th – Rossport Solidarity Camp (Ireland)
16th – 7-9pm Science Oxford, ‘Bloody oil': Canada’s Tar Sands, indigenous rights
and climate change’
17th –10am-12pm London: Parliamentary event
2.30pm – RBS action with People & Planet
7-9pm – Speaker meeting, George Pub, 373 Commercial Road,
Stepney, London, E1 0LA
18th – 7pm, Climate Justice Now! speaker tour, School of Oriental and
African Studies, London, http://www.wdm.org.uk/climate-justice-now
19th – 7pm, Y Plas, Machynlleth, Wales, organised by Centre for Alternative Technology
21-22 Shared Planet conference, Manchester, http://peopleandplanet.org/shared-planet-09
22nd – 6pm, speaker meeting and screening of H2Oil, Dancehouse Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester, organised by Ethical Consumer, http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/Oilsandsboycott.aspx
We have created a facebook event for you to invite your friends and get the word out!
WHAT ARE THE TAR SANDS?
The Tar Sands are a vast reserve of oil in Alberta, Canada – the second largest in the world. As other sources of oil dry up, major oil companies, banks and investors are pouring billions of dollars into Tar Sands extraction.
‘We are seeing a terrifyingly high rate of cancer in Fort Chipewyan where I live. We are convinced that these cancers are linked to the Tar Sands development on our doorstep. It is shortening our lives. That’s why we no longer call it “dirty oil” but “bloody oil”.’ George Poitras, a former chief of Mikisew Cree First Nation
The world is sliding into climate crisis. Now attempts to avert it are being threatened by a single, massive project in the Canadian wilderness.
The tar sands development in Alberta, Canada, is being called ‘the biggest environmental crime in history’
- Millions of barrels of oil a day are now being extracted from what is currently the largest industrial development in the world.
- It covers an area the size of England, and the toxic tailings ponds are so huge they are visible from space.
- Extracting oil from these sludgy deposits in the heart of Canada’s ancient forests produces three to five times as much greenhouse gas as conventional oil.
- Indigenous communities, on whose land Tar Sands extraction has been imposed, are seeing high rates of rare forms of cancer and respiratory disease.
- Tar Sands extraction is extremely resource intensive, using enough natural gas every day to heat 3.2 million Canadian homes for a year
- The Canadian Government is blocking progress in international talks to curb greenhouse gas emissions because it wants to dramatically expand Tar Sands production over the coming decades.
HOW IS THE UK INVOLVED?
While all this is happening in Canada, decisions are being driven from London’s financial Square Mile. Shell is heavily involved. BP is about to go into its first Tar Sands extraction project, ‘Sunrise’ – in partnership with the parent company of Superdrug. Both Shell and BP are financially backed by most major UK pension funds.
Meanwhile, London’s investment banks have helped finance a wide range of Tar Sands projects, with RBS, HSBC and Barclays being amongst the world’s fifteen biggest Tar Sands investors.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The new UK campaign to stop the Tar Sands is growing fast. Come along to an event near you to meet leading indigenous Tar Sands activists from Alberta, learn about what’s happening to their homeland, and get involved.
WATCH THE ‘H2Oil’ DOCUMENTARY
At some of the tour events we’ll be showing an ambitious documentary that interleaves a history of oil sands with arresting aerial images and an intimate narrative of how affected indigenous peoples are mounting resistance.
To extract a single barrel of oil from tar sands requires up to four barrels of fresh water: the film traces the Athabasca River to explore the implications of oil sands’ thirst, including a microcosm of global conflicts over water.
With animation by Oscar nominee James Braithwaite and an original score. http://h2oildoc.com/home/
WHO’S THIS TOUR BEING ORGANIZED BY?
“UK based groups” in partnership with North American Based Indigenous Environmental Network.
The UK groups have formed a new UK Tar Sands Network, a grouping of organizations and activists who are all taking on different parts of the tour. They include: New Internationalist, People & Planet, Ethical Consumer and Platform.
Tar Sands in Focus: http://tarsandsinfocus.wordpress.com/
People and Planet’s Ditch Dirty Development Campaign: peopleandplanet.org/ditchdirtydevelopment
The Ethical Consumer’s Oil Sands Boycott: www.ethicalconsumer.org/Oilsandsboycott.aspx
The Co-Op Bank’s Toxic Fuels Campaign: www.goodwithmoney.co.uk/Toxic-Fuels-campaign
Art Not Oil: www.artnotoil.org.uk
Indigenous Environmental Network’ s Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign: www.ienearth.org/cits
Oil Sands Truth website: www.oilsandstruth.org
Rainforest Action Network: www.ran.org
Greenpeace Canada: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/tarsands
Dirty Oil Sands: www.dirtyoilsands.org