Where will it all end? When will we finally turn the corner on the Fossil Fuel Age, and begin the long work of repairing the damage we clever apes have wrought against the environment?
No time soon, if the extractive industries have their say; and they’re just about the only ones who have the ear of government at all levels in this country, and abroad. Just this week, Seattle’s Sightline Institute reports on plans to send more than a million barrels of oil per day through the Pacific Northwest region. Oil coming from shale fracking in North Dakota, and Alberta’s Tar Sands and destined for Asia’s Satanic Mills.
So, how far will Big Oil and Gas take the Fossil Fuel Age? To the very ends of the Earth.
David Lavallee is a Canadian filmmaker whose first documentary, ‘White Water, Black Gold’ garnered awards at numerous film festivals, and was broadcast around the World. He’s a Pull Focus Film School grad, and a product of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Producer Emergence Program. David is now in the process of producing his next film, ‘To the Ends of the Earth,’ an investigation into the lengths the latter day oil barons will go to keep their energy domination going.
David Lavallee in the first segment.
And, Big Oil is not the only industrial fossil menacing the planet. Big Timber is another reptilian-brained, bottom line obsessed operator determined to profit and all and any costs; as long as those costs are borne by someone else. In this case, those someones are the people, wild things, and environment of Vancouver Island’s west coast. Incredibly, more than twenty-five years after the legendary War in the Woods, an environmental stand-off resulting in almost a thousand arrests, the ancient forests of both Clayoquot Sound and the Walbran Valley are abuzz again with the terminal whine of chainsaws.
Steve Lawson is a veteran of the environmental battles to save the old growth forests on the then-named Meares Island, and in Clayoquot Sound. He’s a past board member of both the Canadian Environmental and First Nations Environmental Networks, and has participated with many other environmental organization in Canada and internationally. Steve’s a boat designer and builder who calls Wickaninnish Island, off Tofino, home.
Steve Lawson and a clear-cut call to arms in Clayoquot and the Walbran in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things to do in and around our town’s streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, David Lavallee and looking at to the ends of the earth.