The UN calls it “Mordor”. Environmental groups call it the greatest environmental disaster in human history. It is the Canadian tar sands project and it must be stopped at all costs.
Under Canada’s great boreal forests in Alberta and Saskatchewan there are vast deposits of sand which contain tar that can be turned into oil – only at great expense. An expense which is far too high.
These forests are one of the world’s last intact eco-systems and are home to a diverse range of animals, including lynx, caribou and grizzly bears, as well breeding grounds for about half of North America’s migratory bird population. It also a watershed for the arctic.
To get at the tar sands 55,000 square miles of forest and everything in it are being completely destroyed. This alone equals a destruction of life on a scale unimaginable.
To get an idea of the level of destruction imagine an entire state the size of Florida turned into a toxic sludge pond. Imagine the toxins from the sludge flowing into the rivers and poisoning the air in the entire eastern half of the US.
Once the forest is gone the earth is strip-mined and the sand is then heated to extract the oil. It takes four tons of tar sands to produce a single barrel of oil. The amount of natural gas used by the industry every day is enough to heat about 4 million American homes.
A study conducted by a coalition of environmental groups shows that the project will kill up to 166 million birds over the next five decades.
At present, over a million barrells of oil are being produced every day and efforts are underway to increase production to 5 million/day.
Even after the environmental disaster is perhaps cleaned up by future generations someday and new trees planted, the forest will not return for a very long time, if ever. It took thousands of years for the complex forest eco-system to evolve. Other forests which have been destroyed and replanted have never been the same.
The pollution will spread all the way into the arctic and then circulate around the entire planet.
By using oil we share in the responsibility for the destruction. The more we consume the greater our responsibility.
You can help by using as little gasoline or diesel as possible, eating organicly grown food and adopting a healthy vegan diet. Let others know what you think about the project.
You can also support those who are trying to stop the project.
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