A documentary film viewing of Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands, followed by discussion on the impacts of the Canadian tar sands and what a Native community is doing about it. Free and open to the public. Presented by Goddard College’s undergraduate program. Watch the trailer below.
Every major oil company is in the tar sands – BP, Shell, Total, Statoil, Exxon, Chevron, and China’s Sinopec. But making oil from the thick bitumen soaked into Canada’s sands comes at a huge cost: cancer-causing toxins entering rivers, greenhouse gases pouring into the atmosphere, and a pristine Boreal ecosystem now dotted with poisonous wastewater lakes.
This film shows how a community of 1200 Native people living down river from the tar sands reaches out to the world and is heard as Fort Chipewyan Elder Francois Paulette takes the issues to the Copenhagen Climate Conference, then to Norway’s Statoil headquarters, and then to the United States. The film has been nominated for eight awards.
After the film, Brian Tokar from 350VT and the Institute for Social Ecology will discuss the ways that people in Vermont and around the country can take action to prevent a tar sands pipeline from crossing New England or the Midwest.