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Breaking Ground: New Report from the Nobel Women’s Initiative (Canada)
an article by Nobel Women's Initiative

Video: Women's Voices on the Oil Sands

In October 2012, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams led the Nobel Women’s Initiative fact finding mission to Alberta’s tar sands and along the proposed route of the Northern Gateway Pipeline in British Columbia. Along the way, we met with over 200 women in 13 communities who are directly impacted by expansion of the tar sands.


Scene from the video

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Now, we are very excited to present to you our report detailing our findings from the delegation, Breaking Ground: Women, Oil and Climate Change in Alberta and British Columbia.

The tar sands is the fastest-growing single source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. So far, mining has damaged over 680 square kilometers of land in the region—and pipeline construction has cut through thousands of kilometers of pristine forest and polluted streams and lakes.

We found that women are voicing their concerns about a range of economic, health, and social impacts of the tar sands expansions—from homelessness, spiraling inflation, breathing problems, undrinkable water, and increased cancer rates to domestic violence and unequal access to jobs.

“Women are frustrated that very real concerns about potential oils spills, their families health and well-being—as well as climate change—are being ignored. So they are organizing and demanding to be heard,” said Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams.

Watch this video from the delegation and hear from some of the women we met with in Alberta and British Columbia in their own words.

Note: Thank you to Janet Hudgins, the CPNN reporter for this article.]

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Despite the vested interests of companies and governments, Can we make progress toward sustainable development?

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Latest reader comment:

[responding to CPNN article The film 'Demain', a manifesto?

Yes initiatives from the grassroots are important and necessary which will have a direct impact on the present and the future. But there are governments like India which are conscious of over exploitation of the earth’s resources and are taking suitable policy measures and also taking legal action against the exploiters.

We must emphasize public transportation and reduce our dependence on individual cars even though the auto industry will not like this.

Otherwise it is not demain but aujourdhui — the problems are there for us to see.


This report was posted on December 20, 2013.