Yesterday had director M. Night Shyamalan calling housing developments “soulless”, and today brings Neve Campbell outraged and concerned over the growing exploitation of Canada’s tarsands.
The actress, who most recently starred in the made-for-tv eco-thriller Burn Up, toured the oilsands development north of Alberta to see first-hand the effects on the environment. Coming along with her for the ride was photographer Colin Finlay; whose work was featured recently in the green issue of Vanity Fair.
“I’m horrified by the pace and scale of development in the tarsands, and the weak response by our federal and provincial governments,” Campbell is quoted as saying in a Mikisew Cree First Nation press release.
“I’ll be working with ForestEthics and the First Nations to continue to raise awareness in the coming months.”
Oilsands are generally considered to be much more environmentally degrading than other resource tapping — like crude oil. The main issue opposed by groups like Greenpeace is the land damage and its ability to support forestry and farming — as well as greenhouse gas emissions, and water use. For more information, check out the main Wikipedia page here.