Much as been said about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, designed to transport synthetic crude oil from the Athabasca Tar Sands in northeastern Alberta, Canada into the United States. While many folks tout this project as a way to support the American economy by providing energy resources and creating jobs, in this dynamic and impassioned TEDxVictoria session Garth Lenz presents the ecological nightmare currently unfolding in Alberta as a result of our insatiable thirst for oil.
The world’s largest and most devastating environmental and industrial project is situated in the heart of the largest and most intact forest in the world, Canada’s boreal forest. – Garth Lenz
The Alberta Tar Sands, situated in the Canadian boreal forest, represents one of the earth’s largest reserves of fossil fuels, second only to Saudia Arabia, but the nature of these tar sands, and the method of extraction, is quite different from the oil that is pumped from the ground; requiring far more energy & water while producing more toxic pollution.
The Boreal Forest ecosystem supports nearly 50% of the world’s remaining intact forests and is the world’s largest and most important carbon storehouse – holding 22 percent of the total carbon stored on the earth’s land surface, and almost twice as much carbon per unit area as tropical forests.
– International Boreal Conservation Campaign
These stunning photographs by Garth Lenz tell the big story, and beg the question: Which vision of the future resonates most with you?
An industrial landscape created by oil companies?
The question is, what does your future look like?