There is more than one way to stop the tar sands.....

BERLIN, GERMANY - The idea came about in a conversation with Micha, who along with Ries are our organisers of International Stop the Tar Sands Day (June 18th) in Amsterdam. I had traveled to Middelburg, Netherlands shortly after returning to Europe from Mexico to meet Micha for the first time. The federal election had just been called in Canada and I was very doubtful that any our events would get off the ground in Canada this year because most concerned Canadians had thrown themselves into working on the election. Fair enough. A healthy democracy = a healthy environment and vice versa.

Micha reminded there is more than one way to raise people's awareness about the destructiveness of the Albertan tar sands. Demonstrations, events and protests are just a few methods that one can use. Getting your friends together, making the best "Stop the Tar Sands!" banner you can make  and taking a picture of you holding it up is another.

This year for International Stop the Tar Sands Day we are going to do something different. It is something that really encompasses the spirit of our philosophy (Be Creative, Stay Positive, Have Fun!). We are encouraging those people around the world who are unable to create an event for ISTS Day but still want to be involved to bring out the artist or the child from within. Get your family, friends and/or your community together and make the best banner, poster or art work of any kind with a tar sands theme that you can. Take a picture of yourselves holding up that wonderful piece of art in front of the Canadian embassy, local landmark, your favourite forest for hiking or whatever location works for you and send it to us at:

Once we receive your photos, we will upload them to our website ( for all to see. We are also working on setting up a flickr account too. Do not forget to hold that creation of yours with pride for the photos (see photo attached of last year's Utah action for a little inspiration!). You are participating in the largest international event in history to support Canadians trying to shut down the tar sands industry. Do not forget to smile either! 

Micha, thanks for the great idea. And while I am giving credit where credit is due, LUSH Cosmetics joining us this year (see previous post) has very little to do with me. It is all because of the hard work of Pete, our London, UK organiser. Pete, thank you helping International Stop the Tar Sands Day reach a new level!

Quick update! Things are really rolling along nicely internationally, but especially in the US and Canada. Thanks to groups like Forest Ethics we may see 10 events in 10 major US cities (Chicago, New York, and Portland are already on board) for June 18th. And events in Canada just keep popping up! See contact list below.

Looking forward to seeing what creative banners you all come up with!