Truland Photography

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Photography as a Social Policy Tool

I ran across a video of Photographer Garth Lenz giving a presentation on Canada's Alberta Tar Sands mining project using photos he made in the area. Lenz (isn't that a great name for a photographer?) uses his photographic talent to raise awareness of the dangers posed by this devastating oil extraction process.

The United States becomes complicit in the devastation by means of the proposed Keystone Pipeline project which would move the proceeds of the tar sands to refineries in the U.S. The Natural Resources Defense Council claims that the pipeline "undermines the U.S. commitment to a clean energy economy [by] delivering dirty fuel at high costs."

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