“NORWEGIAN GRANDPARENTS PROTEST STATOIL’ S TAR SAND EXTRACTION IN ALBERTA
On April 6th , Alberta’s largest daily newspaper, Edmonton Journal, will carry a message from the Norwegian Grandparents Climate Action to the citizens of Canada. The Grandparents‘ Climate Action (Besteforeldreaksjonen), a network of about 2000 concerned elders, represents a broad spectrum of Norwegian society, such as former members of Parliament as well as former Cabinet ministers, bishops, scientists, authors and judges. Thanks to the generous response from its network, the Grandparents’ Climate Action is bringing to the attention of the Canadian people its opposition to the investment in the Alberta Tar Sands by Statoil, which is principally owned by the Governemnt of Norway . This response also serves to confirm that responsible Norwegian citizens will not be silent witnesses to crimes against all our grandchildren.
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We, the undersigned Norwegian citizens, want Canadian citizens to know that the environmental movement of Norway is unanimous in its condemnation of the ongoing tar sands extraction in Alberta, due to the devastating impact on wildlife and boreal forests, as well as indigenous communities. Not least do we deplore the effects that the production methods will have on the global climate, methods that are many times more carbon-intensive than those used in production of conventional oil, thus increasingly jeopardizing a sustainable future for today’s young people.
As Norwegian citizens, we deeply regret that Norway’s 67 % state owned company, Statoil, is part of this dirty and dangerous business. Therefore the Norwegian environmental movement has demanded that the Parliament and Government must instruct Statoil to withdraw from the tar sand exploitation in Alberta, a demand that is being supported by a growing number of political parties, organizations and citizens. We, the Grandparents Climate Action of Norway, will stand firmly on these demands, as they are inseparable from the struggle for our common future and the prosperity and safety of our grandchildren. “