Aerial view of chopped down Boreal forest near a tar sands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The Alberta Tar Sands are the largest deposits of their kind in the world and their production is the single largest contributor to Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.

Tarnished Earth Open Air Exhibition

Aerial view of chopped down Boreal forest near a tar sands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The Alberta Tar Sands are the largest deposits of their kind in the world and their production is the single largest contributor to Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.

Tarnished Earth, a dramatic open air gallery of photographs by Jiri Rezac, telling the story of one of the world˙s biggest ecological disasters, arrives in Liverpool this week on 1 February 2012

Staged by The Co-operative in conjunction with WWF-UK and Greenpeace, Tarnished Earth is a free outdoor exhibition touring the UK˙s major cities.

The three metre high installations of astounding images will be displayed in Thomas Steer Way, Liverpool One, until 22 February (2012).

Seen by more than five million people, Tarnished Earth shows how Canada˙s magnificent Boreal Forest is being destroyed and polluted by the rush to extract oil from the tar sands just below the surface and, is described as a spectacular presentation of pristine wilderness, human folly, consequences and alternatives an exhibition of devastating power.

The photographs are illuminated at night and contrast the destruction caused by the oil extraction with the area˙s pristine wilderness and the traditional way of life of the indigenous First Nation Cree. The exhibition forms part of The Co-operative’s on-going Toxic Fuels campaign.

Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals and Sustainability at The Co-operative, said: It is really important that people see for themselves the scale of the environmental destruction which is being done in order to extract oil from tar sands.

The greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands oil are far greater than those of conventional oil, and its exploitation alone would be sufficient to take the world to the brink of runaway climate change.

Tarnished Earth vividly portrays the impact tar sands operations are having on this beautiful area of boreal forest which has been home to wildlife and the indigenous Cree nations for thousands of years.

The Co-operative is also holding a free screening of the powerful film  Dirty Oil at the FACT cinema, Wood Road, Liverpool, on 6 February. Places are limited for the showing and those interested are asked to book in advance by calling 0161 246 3050 / 827 6423 or by emailing membership.northwest@co-operative.coop

Further information about the Tarnished Earth exhibition is available at www.tarnishedearth.co.uk

 

Aerial view of oily surface of the Mildred Lake tailings pond adjacent to the Syncrude upgrader north of Fort McMurray, northern Alberta, Canada.