‘Tar Sands: Time Is Running Out,’ 2010. Acrylics on Canvas. 20ft X 24ft.
Sixty people, from kids to elders, came to learn and share knowledge on the project of the tar sands in northern Alberta through the creation this large mobile mural documenting the reflections and insights. The painting process, co-facilitated with Sara Kendall, took only one month with the intention to unveil it at the G20 (Group of Twenty, an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union (EU) happening in Toronto.
The Tar Sands is the most destructive project in human history, and we think this is an important story to share. The painting is stored in Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver, and it is available for educators, community organizers, activists, artists and leaders to use at events and actions. The panting also hold an engaging scavenger hunt that provides facts of the Tar Sands Project.
Lead Artists/Facilitators: Sara Kendall and Melanie Schambach
Communities who traditionally rely on the Athabasca and other rivers are now advised to not use the water at all. New proposals on escalating production violate the national and human rights of many indigenous nations.
The tar sands project makes 5 times more green house gases than conventional oil mining (more than what all cars in Canada produce), yet they are advertised as the new ‘green’ energy source.
Some Indigenous communities in the tar sands area still don’t have access to running water.
...the Canadian parliament
The conservative government has given 100% approval rating to every company that applied to extract oil from the tar sands. The toxic tailing ponds are visible from outer space.
An area bigger than the state of Florida, the tar sand bitumen sits on 150,000 sq km.