Canada’s dirty Tar Sands are destroying forests, poisoning our atmosphere and threatening community health. Meanwhile US corporations ship their products using transportation fueled by this destruction. On June 18th, people around the world will participate in the largest day of action ever against Canada’s Tar Sands.
Some facts about Canada’s Tar Sands:
- Tar Sands destruction is fueled by America’s addiction to oil: 99% of Canadian oil exports go to the US, making Canada the biggest supplier of foreign oil to the US;
- The Tar Sands threaten community health: Downwind and downstream of the Tar Sands, communities are experiencing elevated levels of cancer;
- The Tar Sands are destroying biodiversity: Threatened woodland caribou have declined by nearly 50% over the past 10 years in the Tar Sands region;
- The Tar Sands are exhausting our fresh water: Every day three million barrels of drinking water are lost to the production of Tar Sands oil;
- The Tar Sands spew toxic waste: The Tar Sands’ toxic lakes grow by 1.8 billion litres each day, and are leaking dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and water;
- The world’s dirtiest oil comes from the Tar Sands: Producing one barrel of Tar Sands oil generates three to five times the global warming emissions that producing the same amount of conventional oil would;
- Tar Sands impacts are getting worse: The Canadian government predicts that greenhouse gas emissions from the Tar Sands will more than triple in the next decade.
- Tar Sands destruction is growing: If expansion is not sharply curtailed, toxic Tar Sands operations will expand throughout an area the size of Florida.