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Tar sands screening

THE CO-OPERATIVE and wildlife charity WWF UK are bringing north their campaign to halt the environmentally devastating practice of extracting oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada.

The organisations are urging people in Shetland to find out more about “one of the biggest environmental threats facing the planet” at a special screening of the Co-op’s docu-fim Dirty Oil, at 7.30pm, on 2 December at the NAFC Marine Centre, in Scalloway.

The film explores the struggle between industry, government, local communities and

environmentalists over the Canadian tar sands, which create three times the toxic emissions of conventional oil production.

Scientists have predicted that the carbon emissions from tar sands production would initiate a continual unfolding of climate disasters overthe course of this century.

In addition, the exploitation of tar sands results in forests being cleared and watercourses polluted; making it impossible for Canada’s indigenous communities to follow their traditional way of life.

Tor Justad, co-operative and membership officer for The Co-operative Group in Scotland, said: “If fully exploited, the tar sands alone would take the planet to the extremity of runaway climate change. The film highlights the damage that energy companies are causing in Canada, the impact this has for every single person across the world, and what we can do to help stop it.”

The screening is free to members of The Co-operative, on production of a membership card, and £4.50 (£3 concession) to non members.

More information about the screening is available from shirley.ann.watson@co-operative.coop and about the campaign at www.co-operative.coop/toxicfuels