The weekend of June 20th, 2014, an intergenerational gathering brought together children, guardians, teachers and land defenders at PR Springs, site of the nation’s first commercial fuel tar sands strip mine, located in Eastern Utah. In addition to tar sands mining, the region is being threatened by oil shale strip mining, and after a weekend of hiking and exploring the land, fun art and science projects, and discussions with their peers, the children decided to take a field strip to Red Leaf Resources test site in order to see what was going on there, and to deliver a message.
Dear CEOs and Workers of Red Leaf Resources,
We are the children of Utah. We stand here today with our teachers, parents, and peers.
We are concerned about SITLA‘s dirty energy leasing for strip mining. Oil shale mining, and tar sands, destroys water, forests, and air, increases cancer and asthma risks, and these things take away animal homes that will never be the same.
SITLA funds 2% of the total school budget. We must think of the long term risks.
Is it really worth it to put children’s and animals’ lives in danger for strip mining?
Here in these places, they are destroying beautiful land, where it’s peaceful for wildlife and for people to enjoy and see.
The next time you’re planning to hurt an ecosystem, think of the animals and people you’re hurting and killing.
The Children of Utah
Read more about last year’s family gathering:
—The Road to Hell is Paved with Tar Sands
—Utah children visit PR Springs & speak out against tar sands
—Families Camp Out in Protest to Save the Tavaputs Plateau from America’s First Approved Commercial Tar Sands Operation
—Utah Tar Sands: Will The U.S. Join Canada In Tapping The ‘Bottom Of The Barrel’?
Read more about SITLA:
Lots for Tots: How one agency is selling off Utah in the name of the children