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Breaking Ground: New Report from the Nobel Women’s Initiative

October 23, 2013

Breaking Ground 2013 social mediaIn October 2012, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams led the Nobel Women’s Initiative fact finding mission to Alberta’s tar sands and along the proposed route of the Northern Gateway Pipeline in British Columbia. Along the way, we met with over 200 women in 13 communities who are directly impacted by expansion of the tar sands.

Now, we are very excited to present to you our report detailing our findings from the delegation, Breaking Ground: Women, Oil and Climate Change in Alberta and British Columbia.

The tar sands is the fastest-growing single source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. So far, mining has damaged over 680 square kilometers of land in the region—and pipeline construction has cut through thousands of kilometers of pristine forest and polluted streams and lakes.

We found that women are voicing their concerns about a range of economic, health, and social impacts of the tar sands expansions—from homelessness, spiraling inflation, breathing problems, undrinkable water, and increased cancer rates to domestic violence and unequal access to jobs.

“Women are frustrated that very real concerns about potential oils spills, their families health and well-being—as well as climate change—are being ignored. So they are organizing and demanding to be heard,” said Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams.

Watch this video from the delegation and hear from some of the women we met with in Alberta and British Columbia in their own words.

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