Hard-hitting open air street gallery arrives in the South West

June 08, 2011

Tarnished Earth, a dramatic open air gallery of photographs by Jiri Rezac, telling the story of one of the world’s biggest ecological disasters, has arrived in the South West.

The free outdoor exhibition, which shows how Canada’s magnificent Boreal Forest is being destroyed and polluted by the rush to extract oil from the tar sands just below the surface, will be on Cornwall Street, Plymouth, from 8 – 28 June (2011).

Tarnished Earth, which is being staged by The Co-operative Group in conjunction with WWF-UK and Greenpeace, is touring the UK and, so far, it is estimated to have been seen by more than five million people – this is the only time that these 3 metre high installations of astounding images will be on display in the South West.

The photographs are illuminated at night and contrast the destruction caused by the oil extraction with the area’s pristine wilderness and the traditional way of life of the indigenous First Nation Cree. The exhibition forms part of The Co-operative’s on-going Toxic Fuels campaign.

Tar sands extraction in northern Alberta

Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals and Sustainability at The Co-operative, said: “It is really important that people can see for themselves the scale of the environmental destruction which is being done in order to extract oil from tar sands.

“The greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands oil are far greater than those of conventional oil, and its exploitation alone would be sufficient to take the world to the brink of runaway climate change.

“Tarnished Earth vividly portrays the impact tar sands operations are having on this beautiful area of boreal forest which has been home to wildlife and the indigenous Cree nations for thousands of years.”

More information is available at www.tarnishedearth.co.uk


Contact Information

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
T: 0161 827 5622
E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop