The Co-operative Group Presents 'The Tarnished Earth Street Gallery'
Released on: September 24, 2010, 5:12 am
The Co-operative Group
Tarnished Earth, a dramatic street gallery of photographs
telling the story of one of the world’s biggest ecological disasters is
open FREE to anyone walking along the morelondon site on London’s
Southbank (between London Bridge and Tower Bridge) for four weeks from
The FREE outdoor photo exhibition will then tour the country, making an impact in
busy public areas in cities across the UK by Spring 2011.
The striking images will show how Canada’s magnificent Boreal Forest is being
destroyed and polluted by the rush to extract oil from the tar sands just below the
Tarnished Earth, which is being staged by The Co-operative, in conjunction with
WWF-UK and Greenpeace, will contrast the destruction caused by the oil extraction
with the area’s pristine wilderness and the traditional way of life of the
indigenous First Nation Cree.
The street gallery is the latest chapter in The Co-operative’s Toxic Fuels campaign,
which aims to stop tar sands expansion. The greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands
oil is far greater than those of conventional oil, and its exploitation alone would
be sufficient to take us to the brink of runaway climate change.
The story of the Albertan tar sands developments and the devastating impact they are having on the
environment and local First Nation communities is told in the film Dirty Oil, which was also supported by The Co-operative. The film is available to buy
on DVD from 13th September.
For further information about the exhibition or about Dirty Oil
Please contact Rogers & Cowan:
Caragh Cook – firstname.lastname@example.org 0203 048 0482
Jenny Innes – email@example.com 0203 048 0483
About The Co-operative and Toxic Fuels:
One of The Co-operative’s ethical campaigns is Toxic Fuels, which aims to highlight
the shocking global trend of extracting oil from unconventional sources, such as
tar sands and shale oil. Such exploitation threatens global efforts to avoid
dangerous levels of climate change and risks local ecological disaster.
Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals and Sustainability at The Co-operative, said “We
recognise the power of art to motivate people to take action and drive change, and
we are confident that Tarnished Earth will help raise awareness of the massive
environmental damage being caused by the exploitation of Canadian tar sands.”
Contact Details: Lindsay Colbeck
Senior PR Officer
0161 827 5629
07713 267 499
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