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BP – Beyond Petroleum and head-first into Tar Sands

Shareholders and NGOs revolt over BP's investment into "the biggest environmental crime in history..."

Written by Zofia Walczak

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In addition to writing for Amelia’s, I contribute writing to The List, The Skinny, Huck, Be-mag and Kingdom Magazine. I have also written a fictional novel and a handful of short stories.

Over the past six years I have developed an unhealthy obsession with t-shirts, plaid shirts and limited edition sneakers. You will find me making a nuisance of myself in skate parks, book shops, sweaty nightclubs, festivals and public spaces because that is what I think being young and capricious is all about.

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I have spent the last 12 years of my life, ampoule with the exception of 4 years at university, travelling Europe alongside some of the world’s best freestyle rollerbladers with the sole purpose of meeting new people, helping our sport progress and hurting ourselves.

In addition to writing for Amelia’s, I contribute writing to The List, The Skinny, Huck, Be-mag and Kingdom Magazine. I have also written a fictional novel and a handful of short stories.

Over the past six years I have developed an unhealthy obsession with t-shirts, plaid shirts and limited edition sneakers. You will find me making a nuisance of myself in skate parks, book shops, sweaty nightclubs, festivals and public spaces because that is what I think being young and capricious is all about.

Dave

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In addition to writing for Amelia’s, I contribute writing to The List, The Skinny, Huck, Be-mag and Kingdom Magazine. I have also written a fictional novel and a handful of short stories.

Over the past six years I have developed an unhealthy obsession with t-shirts, plaid shirts and limited edition sneakers. You will find me making a nuisance of myself in skate parks, book shops, sweaty nightclubs, festivals and public spaces because that is what I think being young and capricious is all about.

Dave

I have spent the last 12 years of my life, order with the exception of 4 years at university, travelling Europe alongside some of the world’s best freestyle rollerbladers with the sole purpose of meeting new people, helping our sport progress and hurting ourselves.

In addition to writing for Amelia’s, I contribute writing to The List, The Skinny, Huck, Be-mag and Kingdom Magazine. I have also written a fictional novel and a handful of short stories.

Over the past six years I have developed an unhealthy obsession with t-shirts, plaid shirts and limited edition sneakers. You will find me making a nuisance of myself in skate parks, book shops, sweaty nightclubs, festivals and public spaces because that is what I think being young and capricious is all about.

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In addition to writing for Amelia’s, I contribute writing to The List, The Skinny, Huck, Be-mag and Kingdom Magazine. I have also written a fictional novel and a handful of short stories.

Over the past six years I have developed an unhealthy obsession with t-shirts, plaid shirts and limited edition sneakers. You will find me making a nuisance of myself in skate parks, book shops, sweaty nightclubs, festivals and public spaces because that is what I think being young and capricious is all about.

Dave

I have spent the last 12 years of my life, viagra approved with the exception of 4 years at university, travelling Europe alongside some of the world’s best freestyle rollerbladers with the sole purpose of meeting new people, helping our sport progress and hurting ourselves.

In addition to writing for Amelia’s, I contribute writing to The List, The Skinny, Huck, Be-mag and Kingdom Magazine. I have also written a fictional novel and a handful of short stories.

Over the past six years I have developed an unhealthy obsession with t-shirts, plaid shirts and limited edition sneakers. You will find me making a nuisance of myself in skate parks, book shops, sweaty nightclubs, festivals and public spaces because that is what I think being young and capricious is all about.

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Illustration by Anieszka Banks

This Saturday sees the launch of a national campaign against BP’s funding of the highly controversial Tar Sands project in Canada, viagra sale which has been called “the biggest environmental crime in history.”  The campaign aims to highlight BP’s potential investment into Tar Sands and raise awareness among the public and shareholders before the BP Annual General Meeting on the 15th of April.  The Guardian and Business Green are among the business pages who have recently written on shareholder revolts over investment into the project.   The Tar Sands Network, clinic and FairPensions (which campaigns for the ethical investment of UK pension funds) are among the campaigning groups, and People and Planet have produced an excellent in-depth report. 

Saturday the 13th is the date of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Canada.  To highlight the Canadian government’s hypocrisy on the issue, campaigners will be gathering outside Canada House in Trafalgar Square for a day of ‘Oil-ympics’.  See our listings for full details  and how you can take part.  The event will aim to increase awareness about the investment of BP, Shell, RBS and the Canadian Government into Tar Sands.

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Tar Sands are petroleum-rich sands and soils found under the forests of Northern Canada.  The methods used to extract this oil are extremely energy intensive and polluting.   They include strip-mining, which will eventually destroy an area of forest bigger than the UK, and steam-drainage, which is ridiculously energy-intensive.   Extraction of Tar Sands, despite the amount of energy required and the high costs involved, is now seen as economically profitable enough due to the increasing cost of ever scarcer conventional oil. 

First Nations communities in Alberta have seen Tar Sands projects poisoning their water, land and food supply, and raising rates of cancer.  Canada’s Boreal Forest is still the world’s largest intact forest and a vital carbon sink, but is progressively being cleared to make way for Tar Sands extraction.  Moreover, investment into Tar Sands is a historically huge step backwards in the need to lessen our dependence on oil. 

During the Copenhagen talks in December representatives from First Nations organisations, environmental groups and NGOs, along with journalists like Naomi Klein, gathered outside the Canadian Embassy.  You can watch the video on Democracy Now. 

There’s also a great intro to the Alberta Tar Sands on VBS TV … “welcome to Alberta..and the future of oil.  It sucks…and it realy f***in’ smells.”

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4 Responses to “BP – Beyond Petroleum and head-first into Tar Sands”

  1. Wally says:

    Zosia! I just love that Tar Sands illustration – brilliant! Great site – keep at it!!!

  2. Zofia says:

    Hehe,thank you, always so glad to be called Zosia :)! Anieszka is a super talented illustrator, you should see her pieces in my article on Haiti (link below), incredible!! http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/earth/haiti-slips-from-headlines-but-its-real-history-remains-unreported/2010/01/28/

  3. Alan Kirkham says:

    Hi
    I wondered if you had talked to the fund managers of the ethical funds that hold BP? IF not contact me and Ill help you identify them
    All the best
    Alan

  4. Zofia says:

    No indeed I haven’t Alan! Can you tell us a bit more?

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