Arts and environmental justice issues

That image is from a set of photos from a recent arts event in Sarnia.

At the event, photos from the Aamjiwnaang Green Teens also were displayed, and M.C.S. came in from Aamjiwnaang to deliver a couple of raps. Here is a Facebook video of his second rap.

The Beehive Design Collective also gave an interactive presentation. Here’s part of an announcement about the visit from the Beehive

The Beehive Design Collective will be coming to Sarnia to share their stories and art work. The local situation in Sarnia-Lambton will be connected with the coal industry, and with community responses from people who are trying to build a better future.

The presentation and discussion will revolve around the True Cost of Coal graphics, which will be linked up with local issues – http://www.beehivecollective.org/english/coal.htm

The 16 foot by 8 foot coal banner comes from discussions, story-tellings, and song-sharings that have taken place over two years, between the Beehive Collective and folks in Appalachia whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by the coal industry. This story is about people and nature under attack, but it also is about the better world our communities are building and defending every day, in many ways.

If you haven’t heard of the Beehive collective, here is a video about all of the work they’ve been doing – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/beehivecollective/the-beehive-collectives-10th-anniversary-poster-pr-0

These Aamjiwnaang Green Teens photos were on display at the same venue. (That online photo is from a different event, however.)

This event was held at the Urban Nature Centre. There also was beeswax candle-making, in the same location — with the other products that are in there every day.

On Saturday a few of the Beehive members were able to make it out for part of a toxic tour with a member of S.H.A.M.E., before the Bees left for another event in London, Ontario. Here is an audio recording, further background, and more photos from their visit to the area.

See the individual Sarnia photos in the set on Flickr for more notes about them.


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