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Greenpeace Photo Award 2018 jury award winner Ian Willms (Canadian photographer) photographic essay on the consequences of the oil sands extraction in Alberta, Canada, sheds light on a multi-faceted ecological disaster.

The Canadian province of Alberta holds the world’s third largest oil reserves, which sit beneath 175,000 km2 of boreal forest. Around Fort McMurray, the Earth has been stripped away to make way for gaping tar sand pit mines since the 1930s. Oil production from tar sands requires more water and energy than traditional production methods and generates three to four times the amount of greenhouse gases. Over the years the industry has accumulated more than a trillion litres of toxic waste in retention pools, making the tar sands one of the largest and most environmentally destructive industrial projects. All of this amounts to devastating public health impacts: according to doctors in communities close to the mining sites, rates of cancer and birth defects are rising.

The photographer has focused his lens on the tar sands of Alberta for eight years and is working on a photo-essay that deals not only with resource extraction but also engages more broadly with Canada’s culture, environment and economy. To conclude his essay, Ian Willms will take a closer look at environmental racism, the ecological and social effects of tar sands mining and the consequences of ongoing climate change on the ground.

Ian Willms (1985) lives in Toronto (Canada), where he works as a freelance photojournalist for The New York Times, Time Magazine, and GEO. He is a founding member of Namara Represents and the Boreal Collective, which is dedicated to the documentation of complex and changing environments.
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