Photographs of one of the world’s biggest ecological disasters will go on show for passers-by at London’s South Bank from tomorrow.
The stark images tell the story of how Canada’s Boreal Forest is being destroyed by a rush to extract oil from the tar sands which lie just below its surface.
‘Tarnished Earth’ is being staged by The Co-operative, in conjunction with WWF-UK and Greenpeace, as part of its Toxic Fuels campaign.
The images contrast the destruction caused by the oil extraction with the Boreal’s pristine wilderness and the traditional way of life of the indigenous First Nation Cree.
Survival expert Ray Mears is due to attend the exhibition to show his support for the Toxic Fuels. Also attending will be Chief Al Lameman who is leader of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation, a campaigner for improved living conditions on the reserve.
The free exhibition will opens tomorrow and runs for four weeks.