The True Cost Of Oil: Shocking Photographs Reveal The Unmatched Devastation Caused By Alberta’s Tar Sands

What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project — and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.

We cannot afford to keep our societies running on fossil fuels. When oil production peaked we didn’t see the expected fast transition to alternative energy, but rather a push from the fossil fuel industry to harvest oil and gas with even more devastating and dangerous techniques – deep see drilling, tar sands, fracking. The only reason why those practices take place is because the price of destruction and pollution that they leave behind is paid by the eco-system, the local populations and future generations.

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