Magazine article New Internationalist

International Stop the Tar Sands Day outside Alberta Legislature

Magazine article New Internationalist

International Stop the Tar Sands Day outside Alberta Legislature

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In late June, employees of the Alberta Legislature were greeted with an unconventional sight. Outside the calm façade of the government building, protesters covered in a dark, oily substance stood on one side, while activists dressed in green congregated on another.

Gathered to 'celebrate' International Stop the Tar Sands Day, the two groups were - as Mike Hudema of Greenpeace put it - visually confronting the Alberta government with a choice.

'What direction will the government continue to push this province?' asked Hudema, one of the organizers of the event. 'Will it be a tar sands future which devastates the land, poisons the water and is displacing communities right across North America? Or will the government chose a future that respects the environment, First Nations and settler communities and presents much healthier options?'

Approximately 150 people attended the event, including representatives from Greenpeace, Sierra Club Prairie and the Chipewyan, Denesuline and Lubicon First Nations. …

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