The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) has rounded up another stellar RAVE (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) crew and teamed up with Pacific WILD to expose BC’s plans to lift the moratorium on tanker traffic along BC’s coast and how that could very easily lead to a repeat of the Exxon Valdez in the Great Bear Rainforest.
The Great Bear Rainforest, located in British Columbia, Canada, is home to the white spirit bear, ancient forests and rich marine biodiversity. The iLCP team of photographers, videographers and all-around communications gurus will be in the field from now until 14 September to document this unique region. Their work will support opposition to expansion of tar-sand mining and an accompanying oil pipeline. In a recent interview, iLCP Founder and photographer Cristina Mittermeier commented on the ultimate desired outcome of this RAVE:
“We would like to see the government of Canada rethink it’s strategies surrounding oil development in particular in the tar sands and perhaps look at the fate of other petrol states such as Venezuela and Iraq. By bringing international photographers we are trying to help Canada realize the way the rest of the world is looking at this situation.”
The RAVE is one of many projects opposing the pipeline and lifting of the moratorium on oil tankers. Frank Wolf, an adventurer and filmmaker, and Todd McGowan, a high school teacher and outdoor educator, are biking and hiking their way along the potential oil route between Fort McMurray and Kitimat, and will then follow proposed tanker routes by kayak.
“I wanted to get a perspective that was more honest,” said Wolf. “I mean, Enbridge has millions of dollars invested in saying whatever they can to get this thing put through, but you don’t get the real story until you talk to people who work in the oil and gas industry, and people in the farmlands and people out here . . . who live in this beautiful zone.”
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