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The environment, Nature and beauty from a Scottish perspective.

Knowledge is power......but beyond that I don't have a particular agenda to push here. I don't necessarily have answers to the questions our environment is demanding of us.....but I do have the desire to get more people talking about environmental issues even if we don't all see eye to eye.

Problems are unlikely to be addressed let alone resolved unless folk know what is going on around them. And to that end, information & debate are ultimately better than ignorance or sticking our heads in the sand.

PLUS....it's a beautiful, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying planet. Put some time aside to marvel at it.

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    Aboriginal? Female? Gay? Unemployed? Great! You’ll love our oil!

    Do you fancy a challenge?

    Your challenge, should you accept it, is to devise a publicity campaign to counter the claims of thousands of prominent environmentalists from around the world.  You will need to employ dark arts to achieve the impossible.  You will be expected to put a positive spin on what many see to be the most reckless and environmentally-damaging project in existence today.  Canada’s tar sands.

    What would you do?  How would you go about it?  Well look no further because we’ve got the answer for you!  Just take a look at these posters…..

    When I first saw them in The Guardian I thought they were a hoax of some kind……but seemingly not.  They’ve been created by Alykhan Velshi, a Canadian-born neoconservative pro-George-Dubbya-Bush 27 year-old who is evidently well-skilled in the dark art of spinmastery.  Cast your eye over these:

    I don’t want to say much about these posters.  Mainly because I think they speak for themselves, but also because Leo Hickman says it better than I could in his spot-on blog in the Guardian.

    All I will say is that this is perhaps the most cynical and patronising propaganda I’ve ever seen, and that…….well is it just me or is Canada becoming ever so slightly scary?

    Tags Canada Environment Ethical Oil Alykhan Velshi neoconservative George Bush oil energy tar sands tarsands Guardian Alberta

     Source Guardian