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.
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.
In Ottawa? Join us for a conversation with Jody Williams
We invite you for our official report launch tonight in Ottawa – Tar Sands, Pipelines in Your Backyard and the Clean Energy Revolution: A conversation with Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams.
On Monday, October 28th, join us at the Mayfair Theatre from 7:00-8:30pm, where we have the pleasure of talking with Jody Williams and other visionaries about the threat of tar sands and climate change globally, what action we can take around pipelines locally, and the promise of clean energy as a way forward everywhere.
Join the #BreakingGround conversation online!
Jody Williams is in Ottawa this week for our report launch and to engage all Canadians in a conversation on the importance of investing in clean energy. We will be sharing facts from the report, highlighting women’s voices—we will even be taking you along as we visit a proposed pipeline site.
We hope you will share the report with your networks. Here are some social media posts to get you started.
Sample Facebook Post:
Last year, the Nobel Women’s Initiative traveled to Alberta’s #TarSands and along the route of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline in British Columbia meeting with over 200 women in the communities directly impacted by the growing oil industry in Canada. Now, as the debate intensifies and proposed pipeline projects move eastwards – read what Canada’s women have to say in the report, #BreakingGround: http://bit.ly/breaking-ground-report
New @NobelWomen report highlights women’s voices on #TarSands & #ClimateChange – read #BreakingGround now: http://bit.ly/breaking-ground-report
Indigenous women speak out on #TarSands & #ClimateChange in new report from @NobelWomen – read #BreakingGround http://bit.ly/breaking-ground-report