by Marcelo Kawanami
The extraction of oil sands is one of the main economic activities in the Alberta province in Canada, which led millions of Canadians to migrate for working purposes in the region over the last years. Nevertheless, this strong Canadian economic source that generates millions of jobs and profits is also polluting rivers and lakes in the province of Alberta.
Additionally, an increasingly large share of U.S. oil comes from Canada’s tar sands. There are environmental consequences of this development, but until recently, Canadian regional and federal governments left it to the industry to monitor these effects.
Recently, a renowned Alberta scientist discovered deformities in fishes in the Athabasca River downriver from oil sands developments, bearing a striking resemblance to ones found in fish after spills in U.S. waters. are environmental consequences of this development, but until recently, Canadian regional and federal governments left it to the industry to monitor these effects.
How to leverage economic development without putting into risk communities and interest groups that rely on the water resources in Alberta? This is quite a challenge that corporations need to work better, fighting for the interests of the entire society, and not only for their own profit gains.
One organization that I discovered today promotes exactly this, taking actions on watershed protection for the public interest in Alberta. Called Water Matters, this organization develop projects that involve the raising of public awareness and the empowering of communities in order to protect Alberta’s watersheds. Visit their website to know more about their projects: http://www.water-matters.org/