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EVERYONE IS DOWNSTREAM: Tar Sands in Madagascar

Jean Pierre Ratsimbazafy of Madagascar speaks in Durban, South Africa

by Lia Tarachansky

EVERYONE IS DOWNSTREAM: Tar Sands in Madagascar

While world delegations were gathering in Durban, South Africa for the seventeenth round of negotiations of the UNFCCC, environmentalists from around the world gathered at the Everyone is Downstream conference to challenge the impasse the talks have reached in recent years. The conference targeted recent moves by the oil industry from crude oil to oil sands and oil shale extraction around the world, in the model of the Canadian Tar Sands. Speaking on behalf of his region, Maledy, Madagascar, Jean Pierre Ratsimbazafy addressed the crowd on the threat such extraction would have.




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I am an aspiring environmental, science, and news journalist. My writing includes spoken word, fiction, and journalism, mostly in English but sometimes in Russian and Hebrew. I was born in the U.S.S.R, but grew up in the West Bank of Israel/Palestine and occasionally in Brooklyn, NYC. Currently, I'm based in Ottawa where I organize with various coalition, campaigns, and social justice groups. My educational background is in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph.

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