If you are a Netflix subscriber and a Stand Up Paddle Surfer, or even a human being with a conscious about the impact of our race on the planet, then you must find the time to download and watch a breathtaking documentary called STAND. The beautifully crafted film takes a look at the possible impact the worlds insatiable need for oil could have on British Columbia, and highlights what this stunning coastline has to lose.
Canadian fuel giant, Enbridge Inc, in its need to transport the oil we all consume everyday, are proposing building a pipeline over 1km in length to move crude oil from Alberta’s Tar Sands down the Western Coast of British Columbia to Kitimat. The oil would then be loaded on to huge tankers that would take the crude to Asia. As if the pipeline wouldn’t scar the planet enough, these super tankers would then have to squeeze their way, through some of the toughest navigable waters in the world and through the Great Bear Rainforest.
STAND highlights exactly what British Columbia would have to lose should one of these tankers, (god forbid), have a spill and the impact it would have on this invaluable coastline. These modern tankers now carry ten times more oil than was aboard the Exxon Valdez, and there are potentially 225 of these vessels destined to navigate the inlets of Great Bear.
The preview below for STAND is billed as “A SUP adventure through the Great Bear Rainforest” and with its haunting soundtrack drums home just how serious this matter could be. The second clip is a little bit lighter and concentrates more on how beautiful the Great Bear region is. I don’t what the answer is, we all need the oil in our lives, but do we need it at any cost? Enjoy the two videos below and I hope you get the chance to check out the full-length documentary, let us know if you have found it anywhere other than Netflix?