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Voices on Climate Justice I

Ben Powless of the Indigenous Environmental Network on growing resistance to the tar sands in Alberta.

by Stefan Christoff

Photo: Dru Oja Jay. A Suncor processing plant, as seen from the Athabasca River.
Photo: Dru Oja Jay. A Suncor processing plant, as seen from the Athabasca River.

Audio reports on struggles for environmental justice, produced for broadcast on campus/community radio stations globally, featuring voices from around the world engaged in front-line struggles for climate justice.

In this segment of Voices on Climate Justice we hear from Ben Powless, Mohawk activist from Six Nations working with the Indigenous Environmental Network. Powless speaks on the struggle of indigenous communities against the environmentally destructive, corporate-driven tar sands industry in Alberta. Powless details the environmental impacts of ongoing tar sands extraction in Alberta and the impacts on indigenous communities, like Fort Chipewyan, downstream from massive tar sands production along the Athabasca River, a community facing alarming cancer rates tied in multiple medical studies to pollutants stemming from tar sands production. Additionally tar sands production is actively destroying signifigant sections of Canada’s Boreal Forest, the world’s largest terrestrial carbon storehouse and home to the largest forest wetland ecosystems left on the planet.

For more information on the Indigenous Environmental Network visit: http://www.ienearth.org/

Music in this report "Tiger Funk" by Moonstarr feat. LAL via Public Transit Records" http://www.ptrmusic.com/

Voices on Climate Justice interview series was recorded at Cochabamba +1 environmental justice conference in Montreal and is produced by community organizer and journalist Stefan Christoff http://www.twitter.com/spirodon/

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Stefan Christoff is a Montreal-based journalist, community organizer and musician.

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