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Home Lands vs Tar Sands

Clayton Thomas-Müller: Indigenous Environmental Network

“What we need to do as humanity is re-evaluate our life, our relationships with the sacredness of mother earth, our relationship that has been devastated by industrial gain”


The health of our earth is linked to the health of its inhabitants. This fact is no more evident than in communities affected by environmental disasters and destruction. Clayton Thomas-Müller, a campaigner with the Indigenous Environmental Network, discovered this intricate linkage in his work campaigning against Canada’s tar sands.

Production of oil in the tar sands means acres of deforestation and water pollution; producing 1 barrel of oil requires pollution of 2 to 5 barrels of fresh water. It is also the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.

After discovering the devastation in front-line communities downstream, affected by health risks such as cancer, Clayton decided to speak up for the right for all people to live, work, and play in a healthy environment.

As a voice for front line communities, Clayton actively vocalizes for the rights of indigenous communities and those affected by environmental racism, communities uprooted by industrial displacement, corporate exploitation and the resulting toxic contamination. You too can be a voice, asking for healthy environments for all. 

What You Can Do

• Host a screening of H2Oil with family and friends to learn more about the impacts of Canada’s tar sands or screen Living Downstream to better understand the links between health and environment

• Get informed and build a coalition to protect your community from dirty polluters

• Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper

Other Resources

Please support the following organization that Clayton is affiliated with:
Indigenous Environmental Network

Spread the Word

• Follow Indigenous Environmental Network on Twitter
• Become a fan of Indigenous Environmental Network on Facebook

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