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Diana gives support to Sheffield’s retailers’ campaign against the ‘most destructive project on earth’

July 23, 2011 10:39 AM

Diana was at Meadowhall's Lush store Friday afternoon to give her support to the retailers' campaign against what had been dubbed 'most destructive project on earth'.

Lush customers have been asked to complete petition cards calling on MEPs (text below) to agree to legislation which would ban oil sourced from the controversial practice of excavating tar sands in Canada.

Diana took delivery of the petition cards from Meadowhall's Lush store's Trainee Manager Gina Smith and from Doncaster store's Fiona Sheriff. Diana Wallis said:

"The excavation of tar sands is a disastrous practice. I don't want to see oil from this source coming into Europe.

"However, there is a danger that the under pressure from the Canadian Government and big oil companies that the EU might have to water down the key piece of EU climate legislation which would to ban oil from tar sands from coming into Europe.

"I have given my support to the strong campaign inside the European Parliament and beyond to make sure tar sands are banned from Europe and so I was delighted to receive the petition cards from Lush staff on behalf of their customers."

Tar sands, the so called 'dirty fuel', are mainly extracted in Alberta, Canada and have gained the anger of environmentalists as the extraction process produces three to five times as many greenhouse gas emissions as conventional oil extraction. The water intensive process also pollutes local rivers and lakes and destroys the landscape for many thousands of square miles. The associated pollution, deforestation and disturbance of wildlife also threaten the traditional livelihoods and well-being of indigenous communities.

Calls for action to keep oil extracted from tar sands from being imported into Europe is being supported by a wide coalition of companies and organisations including the Co-operative Bank, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace and WWF-UK.

Notes

Pic shows Diana with Gina Smith (left) and Fiona Sheriff (right)

Tar Sands Campaign: http://www.tarnishedearth.co.uk/sayno

Text of petition card signed by Lush customers:

Dear Member of the European Parliament,

I am deeply concerned about moves by the Canadian government and industry to bring tar sands-derived fuel into the EU.

The tar sands have been described as 'the most environmentally destructive project on earth'. As you may be aware, the tar sands deposits in Canada are situated beneath ancient boreal forest, a precious habitat for many animals and one of the most important forested regions of the world. The area is also the ancestral land for many indigenous First Nations communities who feel that their treaty rights are being trampled on by the Canadian government. Alarmingly, the tar sands extraction process is estimated to be three to five times more carbon intensive than traditional forms of oil.

For the sake of meeting EU carbon reduction targets and for protecting the forests and people of Canada, please do everything in your power to keep dirty tar sands oil out of Europe. Intense lobbying by industry to make tar sands fuel acceptable under the Fuel Quality Directive (2009/30/EC) is one major area of concern. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) talks are another avenue where lobbyists are trying to force tar sands oil into Europe, so please use your influence to ensure these talks are put on hold until the concerns of environmental campaigners and human rights activists are taken on board.

Kind regards,