The stark images tell the story of how Canada’s Boreal Forest is being destroyed by a rush to extract oil from the tar sands which lie just below its surface. ‘Tarnished Earth’ is being staged by The Co-operative, in conjunction with WWF-UK and Greenpeace, as part of its Toxic Fuels campaign. The images contrast the destruction caused by the oil extraction with the Boreal’s pristine wilderness and the traditional way of life of the indigenous First Nation Cree.
Survival expert Ray Mears is due to attend the exhibition to show his support for the Toxic Fuels. Also attending will be Chief Al Lameman who is leader of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation, a campaigner for improved living conditions on the reserve.
The exhibition is Free to view and is planning to run for four weeks.
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Aerial view of the oily surface of the Mildred Lake tailings pond adjacent to the Syncrude upgrader north of Fort McMurray. The striking images will show how Canada’s magnificent boreal forest is being destroyed by the rush to extract oil from the tar sands just below the surface.
All Photographs: Jiri Rezac/Greenpeace
Cut in Half
Vast areas of forest are cleared. Paul Monaghan, head of sustainability at the Co-operative, said: 'We recognise the power of art to motivate people to take action and drive change, and we are confident that Tarnished Earth will help raise awareness of the massive environmental damage being caused by the exploitation of Canadian tar sands.' The Co-operative is staging the exhibition in conjunction with WWF-UK and Greenpeace.
Aerial view of the Syncrude Aurora tar sands mine in the boreal forest north of Fort McMurray
Drawing The Line
Drawing the line: activists call the destruction of the boreal forest one of the world's worst ecological disasters.