Climate Action Month Day 14: Tar sands are one of the biggest sources of emissions
“If we are conscious of the energy choices we make, then putting in renewable energy systems, like solar, that move us closer to sovereignty, becomes an act of colonial resistance and the start of a path to reconciliation and addressing the intergenerational trauma that comes from the on-going desecration of Mother Earth for fossil fuel extraction.” Crystal Lameman, BLCN
Today’s resource: Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) in northern Alberta is taking tangible steps to protect the natural environment by investing in renewable energy with a solar project. These investments into renewable energy systems come at the same time BLCN is undergoing a legal battle over the “largest and most destructive industrial project in human history”, the oil sands. The oilsands development in northern Alberta – also known as the tar sands – is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.
Visit your local friendship centre. Engage and learn from local First Nations, Inuit, and or/Metis community ecological initiatives. Find your nearest centre.
Grassroots and community organizing has power to heavily influence elected officials. Storytelling, through a medium like community videos, is a powerful force for social change. (Source: Working Narratives)