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A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice

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The fight over the tar sands in North America is among the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of the first that has managed to marry quite explicitly concern for frontline communities and immediate local hazards with fear for the future of the entire planet. Tar sands “development” comes with an enormous environmental and human cost. But tar ...more
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Published October 15th 2014 by PM Press (first published September 2014)
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Review by Brad Hornick

As our governments willingly unleash unprecedented destruction upon the earth through the promotion of extractive industries, and growing mobilizations of climate activists challenge climate emergency, I am reminded of a cautionary warning: "the Owl of Minerva takes flight at dusk."
This environmental metaphor conveys that the awareness of a historical period only becomes apparent when that era is coming to a close and as we come
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Justin
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is essential reading for climate justice activists, and a great resource for anyone wishing to learn more about tar sands (and extreme energy more broadly) development and the contours of the growing movement to resist it. Already nearly two years old, certain parts of the book show their age in what is a fast-evolving issue, but there is still a lot to be gained from the 28 contributions put together by a mixture of academics and grassroots activists including Bill McKibben, Crystal ...more
Kate
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Informative primer on the politics and consequences of the Athabasca tar sands and fossil fuel extraction generally, highlighting the current efforts against the tar sands, pipelines, and fracking on Turtle Island, and the importance of having Indigenous communities lead the way.
Sean Estelle
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great collection, although a bit repetitive. It’s a deep dive into the issues of tar sands exploration and extraction, and the voices (especially Indigenous voices) affected most by the industries they’re fighting. It’s an interesting spread of academic analysis, first-person storytelling, and reflection on campaign tactics and strategy. I do wish they had included 1-2 more in depth reflections on campaigns (maybe with worksheets or how tos), but also understand why they had the ...more
Ari Mahonen
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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There were many insightful esseys included in the book. It definitely fell on the side of Environmentalist vs Environmental Science. I read the book for a class on Environmental Justice and Public policy. I liked some of the suggestions in the book. It would be interesting to see an update on the book as it's been about 4 years since its publication and there has been a new government in place in Canada.
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