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Gender impacts are often completely ignored within the hollow social impact assessments often conducted in the modern era. Oil patches and natural gas operations are overwhelmingly operated by young men who naturally go into small towns nearby after weeks in the bush. Alcohol and/or drug fuelled violence and rape often increase in communities dealing with such an influx, as do drug use, alcoholism and sexual exploitation. The effect on the community leads to further social breakdown and often violence against elders—especially after the “rush” of initial construction is over and the spike in money is gone, but the torn up earth is still there, along with fatherless children in many cases. The higher the rate in inequality and alienation during a "boom" cycle, the higher the levels of gender-biased impacts. The plans for the tar sands are the single largest project, and therefore "boom" based "collateral damage" could easily match anything seen before.

Gender impacts are often completely ignored within the hollow social impact assessments often conducted in the modern era. Oil patches and natural gas operations are overwhelmingly operated by young men who naturally go into small towns nearby after weeks in the bush. Alcohol and/or drug fuelled violence and rape often increase in communities dealing with such an influx, as do drug use, alcoholism and sexual exploitation. The effect on the community leads to further social breakdown and often violence against elders—especially after the “rush” of initial construction is over and the spike in money is gone, but the torn up earth is still there, along with fatherless children in many cases. The higher the rate in inequality and alienation during a "boom" cycle, the higher the levels of gender-biased impacts. The plans for the tar sands are the single largest project, and therefore "boom" based "collateral damage" could easily match anything seen before.

Plagued With High Cancer Rates, One Tar Sands Community’s Eight Year Quest For Answers

Plagued With High Cancer Rates, One Tar Sands Community’s Eight Year Quest For Answers

By Emily Atkin on April 2, 2014

Climate change rattles mental health of Inuit in Labrador

Climate change rattles mental health of Inuit in Labrador
'Grief, mourning, anger, frustration' over environmental changes

CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2014

Researchers studying the mental health and well-being of Inuit populations in coastal Labrador say rising temperatures are having damaging psychological effects on people in traditional communities.

'Many people said they also felt very depressed about not being able to get out there on the land'- Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, researcher for Inuit Mental Health Adaptation to Climate Change project

How Is Climate Change Reshaping Our Culture?

How Is Climate Change Reshaping Our Culture?

Tell us what you think. Then hear leading thinkers on shifts in tech, business, politics and nature at free Jan. 22 event.

By Geoff Dembicki, Today, TheTyee.ca
Jan 14, 2014

English Bay, Vancouver

Alberta’s new economic boom

Camp Oil Sands: Alberta’s new economic boom
nathan vanderklippe
CALGARY— From Friday's Globe and Mail
Feb. 09, 2012

The floor of the Atco Ltd. (ACO.X-T62.971.111.79%)manufacturing plant sprawls out across 250,000 square feet of concrete covered with stacks of drywall, boxes of spiced ash mouldings and bags of insulation batting. Next to them is the assembly line, where dozens of 18-metre-long mobile housing units are rapidly taking shape, with workers using overhead cranes to raise completed walls and roofs into place.

Showdown at the Durban Disaster

Showdown at the Durban Disaster: Challenging the ‘Big Green’ Patriarchy

By Anne Petermann, Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project

Dedicated to Judi Bari, Emma Goldman, my mother and all of the other strong women who inspire me

An action loses all of its teeth when it is orchestrated with the approval of the authorities. It becomes strictly theater for the benefit of the media. With no intent or ability to truly challenge power.

I hate actions like that.

Into the Muskeg Swamps of Northern Alberta

Into the Muskeg Swamps of Northern Alberta

A Brief Ideological History of the Tar Sands

Earth First Journal

By Nickle

"This is not oil drilling. It's not even mining. It is
terrestrial skinning. Vast, vivid landscapes are being
gutted, left monochromatic gray." --NAOMI KLEIN

Unist’hot’en Camp II

Unist’hot’en Camp II
*
August 12 – 15, 2011 in Wet’suwet’en Territory *

[ updates will be posted here: http://unistotencamp.wordpress.com
]

Wet’suwet’en seeks to operate a second camp building further resistance
to the large influx of industrial activities in our Indigenous Lands and
Waters, often with no consent or consultation, or consultation as a
final stage of development. The major focus of this camp is largely
educational and hopefully strategic. Last year the major focus was Tar
Sands and Pipelines, and training for current and future activists to
operate as a larger body to resist Tar Sands and affiliated
infrastructure and systemic support of Tar Sands expansion.

Let's expose the structure of violence that keeps the world economy running.

Let's expose the structure of violence that keeps the world economy running.

With an entire planet being slaughtered before our eyes, it's
terrifying to watch the very culture responsible for this - the culture
of industrial civilization, fueled by a finite source of fossil fuels,
primarily a dwindling supply of oil - thrust forward wantonly to fuel
its insatiable appetite for "growth."

Deluded by myths of progress and suffering from the psychosis of
technomania complicated by addiction to depleting oil reserves,

First Nations Women to Speak Out in Toronto against Tar Sands

First Nations Women to Speak Out in Toronto against Tar Sands
By Kathleen Airdrie
Published Oct 25, 2010

National First Nations Women's Speakers Tour on Tar Sands will hold an event October 27, 2010 at the University of Toronto.

The women’s tour is sponsored by several organizations concerned with the devastation caused by the massive projects’ degradation of the land.

First Nations Women Speaking Out

It goes against our nature; but the left has to start asserting its own values

It goes against our nature; but the left has to start asserting its own values

The progressive attempt to appeal to self-interest has been a catastrophe. Empathy, not expediency, must drive our campaigns

o George Monbiot
o guardian.co.uk, Monday 11 October 2010

So here we are, forming an orderly queue at the slaughterhouse gate. The punishment of the poor for the errors of the rich, the abandonment of universalism, the dismantling of the shelter the state provides: apart from a few small protests, none of this has yet brought us out fighting.

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