By Stephen D'Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Joshua Kahn Russell
The struggle over the tar sands in North the US is one of the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of many first that has controlled to marry particularly explicitly drawback for frontline groups and quick neighborhood risks with worry for the way forward for the full planet. Tar sands “development” comes with a tremendous environmental and human price. yet tar sands opponents—fighting a robust foreign industry—are likened to terrorists; executive environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are hid and rushed. but, regardless of the ambitious political and financial energy at the back of the tar sands, many competitors are actively construction foreign networks of resistance, tough pipeline plans whereas resisting threats to Indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation. together with prime voices interested in the fight opposed to the tar sands, A Line within the Tar Sands deals a serious research of the effect of the tar sands and the demanding situations competitors face of their efforts to arrange powerful resistance. members comprise Angela Carter, invoice McKibben, Brian Tokar, Christine Leclerc, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Crystal Lameman, Dave Vasey, Emily Coats, Eriel Deranger, Greg Albo, Jeremy Brecher, Jess worthy, Jesse Cardinal, Joshua Kahn Russell, Lilian Yap, Linda Capato, Macdonald Stainsby, Martin Lukacs, Matt Leonard, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Naomi Klein, Rae Breaux, Randolph Haluza-DeLay, Rex Weyler, Ryan Katz-Rosene, Sâkihitowin Awâsis, Sonia furnish, Stephen D’Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Tyler McCreary, Winona LaDuke, and Yves Engler.
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Lilian Yap is a doctoral student in Political Science at York University, analyzing the nature of “green work” and the recycling sectors in Toronto and Buenos Aires. Foreword NAOMI KLEIN AND BILL McKIBBEN The fight over the tar sands is among the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of the first that managed to marry quite explicitly concern for frontline communities and immediate local hazards with fear for the future of the entire planet. It began, of course, with many years of resistance from Indigenous people in the Athabasca region to the destruction of their ancestral landscapes and to the calamitous health conditions they faced.
Her MSc thesis was about tar sands resistance. Stephen D’Arcy is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Huron University College. He is the author of Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy (Between the Lines). He is also a climate justice and economic democracy activist. Yves Engler is a Montreal-based activist and author. He has published several books with RED/Fernwood, including The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy; Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt; and The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy.
However, the greater mistruth in the claim of necessity for the tar sands lies in the assumption that a growth-dependent, fossil fuel-addicted economic system can and must continue. The reality is that this course is far from inevitable, and that it guarantees disastrous outcomes. The next section provides some background on the tar sands industry, concentrating on environmental impacts but also identifying other social injustices it has intensified. The Human and Ecological Costs of the Tar Sands To be sure, there is no such thing as “clean” fossil fuels, and extraction has always been marked by uneven impacts, as it has generated immense wealth and immense damage.