Even as I write that title, I cringe. To call the destruction of a once lush wilderness beautiful is to walk the line between neutrality and complicity.
The Tar Sands project in Alberta has claimed 141,000 square kilometers of Alberta, Canada, and turned forest into a toxic landscape of oily ponds and scarred earth that stretches to the horizon.
Decades ago director Godfrey Reggio shot a film called “Koyaanisqatsi” [Hopi for "Life out of Balance"], which depicted a man-made world gone mad with development and expansion at the expense of the Earth. It was as beautiful as it was cautionary and terrifying, and it compelled critics to describe it as “breathtaking” and “music for the eyes.” http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2012/10/ecocide-photography-tar-sands-and-destructive-beauty/
Once this landscape was a pristine wilderness roamed by deer now it's 'the most destructive industrial project on earth http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/3045547167/once-this-landscape-was-a-pristine-wilderness-roamed-by-deer-now-it-s-the-most-destructive-industrial-project-on-earth
In Canada's Tar Sands, a Dante's Hell Threatens People Nearby and Across the Globe http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet/p/3135791383/in-canada-s-tar-sands-a-dante-s-hell-threatens-people-nearby-and-across-the-globe
Photos don’t lie: See the dramatic expansion of Canadian tar sands http://sco.lt/5WXr1d