Oil Spills 101: Crude Truths, Corporate Spin& Community Organizing for Environmental Justice

October 29, 2013 - 12:00am to 3:00am

From pipeline blow outs and tanker spills to train derailments, when it comes to oil spills, how can we protect our communities, and the lands and waters that we love? How can we push through the corporate spin and public relations campaigns to advocate effectively for our communities and the planet in the aftermath of these environmental disasters?

This workshop will cover the basics of oil spill impacts and demystify industry and government cleanup. It will explore some of the ways that we, the grassroots, can skill up and step up when it comes to community oil spill response and ecological detox and recovery.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • How oil spills behave & the factors that affect oil spill cleanup
  • What to expect in a tar sands/bitumen spill
  • How government and industry responds (the different conventional clean up tools and the risks associated with them)
  • Contaminants to watch out for
  • Environmental and health impacts of oil spills
  • Keeping yourself and your community as safe as possible in the aftermath of an oil spill
  • Preventative and precautionary community organizing
  • Appropriate Personal Protective Gear for first responders and community members
  • Grassroots bioremediation response to oil spills and hydrocarbon contamination
  • Self care and detox for spill responders and impacted communities

Donations for attendance are welcome!

About the Facilitator

Leila Darwish is a community organizer, permaculture practioner, writer, urban gardener, and aspiring grassroots herbalist with a deep commitment to environmental justice, decolonization, and to providing accessible and transformative tools for communities dealing with toxic contamination of their land and drinking water.

Over the last decade, she has worked as a community organizer for different environmental organizations and community groups in Alberta, BC and the USA on campaigns such as tar sands, fracking, nuclear energy, coal, climate justice, water protection, and more. She is a certified permaculture designer, has apprenticed on different organic farms, and has given workshops on grassroots bioremediation and earth repair for a diversity of groups and organizations in Canada and the USA.

She is the author of the new book “Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes”, which was recently released by New Society Publishers.

For more information and to grab a copy of Leila’s book, check out www.earthrepair.ca


Room 262
Education Centre South, University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB