Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

Why The Tar Sands?

Louise Erdrich - Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dear Bookish Ones,

Why would our inoffensive little bookstore, loving as we do to please our friends and customers, suddenly decide to show a move that will break your heart?   

H2Oil, the movie that we will be screening on October 27 and 28, at next door Kenwood Cafe, is honestly so upsetting that it is hard not to cry when you watch the trailer.  Why would we ask you to see such a film? Why would we become so compelled by this particular issue, when all we've ever done before is recommend books?

Why so crucial, why this urgency? Simple. There is nothing more important -- right now, right here.

The Tar Sands operation in Canada produces three to four times more carbon that regular oil extraction. Bill McKibben has called it a carbon bomb. Climatologists have termed the operation "game over" for our climate. The boreal forest is basically scraped away in this method of strip-oil-mining -- removing the lungs of the earth. As you watch the movie, you will understand the tragic impact of this project on Native people and communities. Billions of gallons of fresh water are used to steam the tar out of the sand, and the Keystone XL pipeline, a huge plan enlarging drastically on pipelines already built, could spill into our largest fossil water aquifer, which lies beneath South Dakota. Even now, living where we do, we are using 80% Tar Sands oil.

Wildly profitable oil companies don't want you to know this: the future belongs to those countries who conserve their fresh water and develop clean energies.    

At this moment, President Obama could just say no. He could stand up for our future -- stand up to big oil. He could keep his promise to heal the planet and reduce our dependence on oil in favor of clean energy. Obama could stop the Keystone XL pipeline, and send a powerful message to the world. He is expected to make his decision in mere weeks.

That is why it is so important to show H2Oil, to see this film, to tell your friends, and to pull up Bill McKibben's website 350.org and find out what is happening, and why, on November 6 -- it will be a historical day for the climate.

I don't have any books to talk about tonight. Friends, our existence is a narrow miracle. Can it really be that we'll make earth, this green joy, into a place where we cannot survive?

Louise

H2Oil Trailer

 

Bill McKibben and 350.org
Encircle the White House and Stop the Tar Sands on November 6!


Connect with people working on this issue:

Indigenous Environmental Network
Website: www.ienearth.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Indigenous-Environmental-Network/186264980641
Twitter: twitter.com/IENearth

Tar Sands Action (National)
Website: tarsandsaction.org
Facebook: facebook.com/tarsandsaction
Twitter: twitter.com/tarsandsaction

Tar Sands Action (Minnesota)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Twin-Cities-Tar-Sands-Action/275481812467416

350.org (National)
Website: 350.org
Facebook: facebook.com/350.org
Twitter: twitter.com/350

MN350 (Minnesota)
Website: MN350.org
Facebook: facebook.com/MN350
Twitter: twitter.com/MN_350


Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Tags

neighborhood This Green World The Royal Prussian Library thank you friends Chickadee ptsd Gail Caldwell Anishinabe peculiar touches of green and gold gratitude The Resilient Gardener anniversary Bill Moyers Journal Canada President Obama Anton Treuer Women and Trees Wolf Hall support School Gardens Bleak House The Farmer's Daughter joy Emily Johnson graphix devoted customers NACDI:All My Relations Stephen Salisbury Greenland Dartmouth Beth Dooley Pembina Minneapolis boarding school S.C. Gwynne Up Late Again leaves and snow Louise tree books Wastepaper thanks Tar Sands france Minnesota The Transition Handbook Kate DiCamillo Too Loud A Solitude The Game of Silence Crushing Books Victory Gardens pilgrims post holiday Aubrey/Maturin Czech Writer Botany Islam Magers and Quinn Mohamed's Ghosts green Aza mississippi book and dinner club Let's Take the Long Way Home Ha Jin fresh water Kabul Education Population Alice Munro Native Arts Wendy Makoons Geniusz friends photography favorite tree Book Review the most romantic city in the world State Troopers 350.org china Afghanistan Michael Jackson The Wealth of Nature Light in August how good looking you are euphoria customers Small Bookstores as Commons Gary Clement Too Much Happiness italy Ice Empire of the Summer Moon Unnatural Disasters Catalyst Fireworks Video Chitra Divakaruni Tree Houses Zombies buffalo germany city of books Love The Porcupine Year Poetry Collective Denial Ojibwemowin Peak Oil show your love aquifer Milkweed Press The Round House coyote solstice, Thomas King Interview Birchbark Books Vic Glover Keystone XL Anishinabemowin Easter Island monkey in a dryer local economy cafe health care reform favorite book favorite dog incarnation Bohumil Hrabal Gryphon Press ireland World on the Edge Nemesis Roberto Bolano bill mckibben Dogs William Trevor The Ojibwe Kenwood Gardens The Blue Sky Remarkable Trees Keepers of the Trees knowledge language revitalization 2666 plants Nero H2Oil twins Makoons cafe closing birchbark house series Hillary Clinton Master Butchers Singing Club Climate Change Patrick O'Brian Green Team gardens north dakota trees Native People adventure Alan Weisman Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Mankato Powwow Hilary Mantel National Book Award Brown Dog Ojibwe Jim Harrison Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive E.L. Doctorow Peak Water The Birchbark House Guthrie Theater British Navy japan spring Rare Books Philip Roth post holiday reads ependent sweden More Remarkable Trees

Archive