From the tar Sands to the Pacific
DE LAS ARENAS BITUMINOSAS AL PACÍFICO
This roundtable discussion will present the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada, site of a September 2010 iLCP Photographic Expedition coordinated in partnership with Pacific Wild, Sierra Club BC and the Gitga’at First Nation.
The Great Bear Rainforest is under threat from the prospect of 1,100 km (680 mi) twin pipeline built between Burdenheim, Alberta and Kitimat BC, crossing hundreds of salmon bearing streams—the lifeline and staple diet of many northern people’s—and the introduction of more than 200 oil tankers per year to BC’s pristine North Coast. The Northern Gateway Pipeline project would lead to rapid expansion of the tar sands, threatening Canada’s Boreal forest and Athabasca River by increasing demand for what has been coined the dirtiest oil on earth. The construction of the pipeline and inherent risks associated with a potential spill threaten over 600 freshwater systems, many of which are the heart of BC’s salmon culture. At it’s destination point, in Kitimat BC, the pipeline would funnel crude bitumen into super tankers that would then navigate BC's rough and dangerous waters bound for Asian markets.
The presentation of the film SPoil at 20:00 later in the day of Tuesday the 8th in the Juan del Enzina theater is a perfect accompaniment to this discussion.
The photographic exhibit WATER PLACES - held during the Global Forum at the Sala Fonseca (Calle de Fonseca, 4) - presents some of the images from this and other recent iLCP Photographic Expeditions.