I almost wish this was Wordless Wednesday because this topic is too difficult to write about. I’m not the first person to make the connection because it is all too obvious: The Alberta Tar Sands = Mordor
Even the Canadian Federal Government has finally admitted the Alberta tar sands might pose a pollution problem.
Um. Really. You think?
The Beaver Lake Cree are the people most directly affected by this atrocity. Nearly 30% of the current tar sands operations occur within their tribal lands. They have documented the problem. Here is a link to the Beaver Lake Cree website, an associated website and their Facebook page
This is kinda sorta what the Boreal forest used to look like:
I opened this blog with the words of Billy Yellow because I hoped they would guide my thinking here. I think of them as a kind of road map but even without them it is clear Mordor is the wrong way to go.
The Washington Post has an article explaining the real life equivalents of Saruman and Sauron. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/does-koch-industries-hold-most-canadian-oil-sands-leases-its-complicated/2014/04/07/2470e5e4-be70-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html
Billy Yellow’s words:
Unless you think, there is no word.
Unless you speak, there is no world.
Unless you move, there is no life.
Walk in beauty outside and you walk in beauty inside.
Earth’s feet have become my feet.
By means of these I shall live on.
Earth’s legs have become my legs,
by means of these I shall live on.
EDIT: Amusing travel guide to lighten potential despair: Wikitravel: Destination Mordor