An Artist’s Take: Tar Sands and Canada’s War on Mother Nature
Franke James is an award-winning author and artist whose unique approach to storytelling breaks through the clutter and gets to the heart of environmental issues. In the visual essay below, she tackles a question that’s being hotly debated on both sides of the border: What are we willing to risk for the sake of oil industry profits? Her topic is Enbridge’s controversial “Northern Gateway” tar sands pipeline, but the ideas will resonate with anyone who cares about wildlife, human health, or our basic rights in a democracy.
From coast to coast, New England to British Columbia, oil giants like Enbridge Inc. are trying to ship Canadian tar sands oil to overseas markets. Gray wolves, caribou, and hundreds of other species are at risk from the tar sands industry, but you can help: Tell Congress to SAY NO to these dangerous and polluting projects. And if you want to reach out directly to Canadian officials, the end of the essay includes links to important action items.
You can check out more of Franke’s work at www.frankejames.com. Reprinted with permission.
Hey Mister Prime Minister, What Are You Afraid Of?
By Franke James
Tell Canada’s Prime Minister Harper what you think
Visual Essay Credits
“Hey Mister Prime Minister, What are You Afraid Of?” © 2012 Franke James
Writing and illustration by Franke James (see additional photo credits below).
Transcript: Features quotes from Franke James’ March 3, 2012 interview with Joe Oliver, Federal Minister of Natural Resources.
Franke James is an award-winning artist whose illustrated essays on environmental and social issues have been reviewed and showcased around the world. In November 2011, James’ art show “Banned on the Hill” appeared in Ottawa, around the corner from Parliament Hill. The crowd-funded billboard show protested the silencing of environmental voices by the Harper Government. James is the author of the illustrated book, Bothered by My Green Conscience, and a member of the Writers Union of Canada, PEN Canada and CARFAC. She has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and lives in Toronto. For more information see: http://www.frankejames.com. Franke on Twitter: http://twitter.com/frankejames
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