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

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

Archive