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English Research Links 

These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.

Q3.1 INT – Here's a look at some of the world's primary energy sources accompanied by list of their pros and cons Link 1 L1

INT – US - Start watching this video around 2:13 to learn more about the different types of fuels we use and potential alternatives for the future. Link 2 (7:20) L2

INT – This video offers more points of view on our dependence on oil – what are the pros? Why is oil a good option? Link 3 (2:01) L1 

INT – What is hydroelectric power? here's a quick overview of hydroelectricity and a list of its associated pros and cons Link 4 L1 



Q3.2 INT-US – How does using oil impact climate change? Link 5 L1 

INT-UK – How will climate change impact the environment and people? Learn more here: Link 6 L1


Q3.3 CAN – The Lubricon Cree in Northern Alberta have felt and seen a lot of the impacts from the Alberta Oil Sands, here is a very well done photo essay on what that is like: Link 7 (10:46) L1

CAN – Ecojustice has published a few articles on the environmental impact of oil extraction and spills: Link 8 L1

CAN – There are many against the Alberta Oil Sands. Here is one organization’s take and why they feel it is 'dirty' Link 9 L1 


Q3.4 INT – How do we use our oil? And what happens when it spills? Link 10 L1

CAN – It's interesting to look at how different municipalities address pipeline risks. Here is Vancouver's stance on the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion: Link 11 L1

CAN – This site explains the potential environmental impact of oil spills in Canada as well as its effect on our oceans: Link 12 L1


Q3.5 INT – Read an environmental activist's statement on if we can balance oil industry expansion and climate change commitments: Link 13 L1

INT – This article shows how Prime Minister Trudeau justifies the TMX project: Link 14 L1

CAN – This statement shows how Alberta justifies expansions in the oil industry while trying to combat climate change: Link 15 L1

INT – From the UN, here's a look at one of the essential steps needed to combat climate change: Link 16 L1 


Local Activity Links

These links will be needed to complete your Local Activity.

INT-US  Here’s a list of products that we use on a daily basis that are made using petroleum oil: Link 17 L1 

INT-US  Here are a couple lists of products that we use on a daily basis that are made using petroleum oil: Link 18 L1 


Helpful Optional Links

INT  Did you know…? source: Link 19 L1

INT  Calculate your Carbon Footprint here: Link 20 L1

CAN – This young man has an amazing “inside scoop” insight into the destruction oil is having in other countries and what could happen in Canada: Link 21 (20:28) L2 

INT – A photographer captures the process and impact of oil extraction and highlights that oil is a finite resource: Link 22 (3:40) L1 

INT – 20 ways to reduce our oil consumption: Link 23 L1 

CAN – Oil tankers take tar sands oils from the Coast of BC to China and other parts of Asia. This risks major oil spills that can take place on the BC coast: Link 24 L1

INT – This Ted Talk playlist talking about oil alternatives may be a great movie night option for your friends that are interested in making change in our world! Link 25 L1

INT – This video talks about the growing demand for oil in Chinese industries and Canada’s decision to break promises that it made to the world regarding climate change: Link 26 (3:03) L1

CAN – A clip from CBC’s “Incredible Story of Oil” discusses the advantages of using oil for energy and when our thirst for oil began: Link 27 (9:49) L1

INT – 300 years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds: Link 28 L2 

INT – This article makes the link between carbon emissions and greenhouse gases: Link 29 L2

INT-US – Why are we worried about climate change? Let’s understand what is happening: Link 30 (3:23) L2

INT-US – Which activities are connected to which greenhouse gases (click on the different parts of the pie chart)? Link 31 L1 

CAN – Here is the 2011 Environment Canada report on our greenhouse gas emissions and where they came from): Link 32 L2

CAN – More recent years are more confusing but can be found at: Link 33 L2 


Current Events

INT- 2017 March 16th- Returntonow - An oil company pulled out of excavating land due to uncontacted tribes in the Amazon forest: Event 1

INT- 2017 April 13th- Think Progress - An underwater pipeline has been leaking gas into an endangered beluga whale habitat for three months, creating high risks to the inlet's population of fish, migratory birds, and beluga whales: Event 2

INT-US -2016 June 23rd - Think Progress - Up to 700 barrels of crude oil spilled from a pipeline in Southern California: Event 3

CAN – 2016 January 6th - CBC  “Keystone XL rejection leads TransCanada to sue Obama administration” TransCanada filing a lawsuit under NAFTA over U.S rejection of the pipeline project: Event 4

INT – 2015 June 24th - The Guardian  “Climate change should be top foreign policy priority, G7 study says” Increasing conflicts with connections to resource scarcity are causing politicians and policy makers to think about addressing climate change to ensure global security: Event 5

CAN – 2015 June 22nd - The Tyee  “Save Thy Planet: The Gospel According to Francis” The Pope recently released his call to the world to address climate change which is having the most negative effects on the world’s poor: Event 6

CAN – 2015 May 25th -  “Canada’s Territories hold massive shale oil reserves similar to US Bakken field” [Map] Untapped oil reserves found in the North West Territories are being explored by the world’s largest oil and gas companies: Event 7

BC – 2015 May 22nd - CBC News  “Kinder Morgan pipeline spill could cost Vancouver $1.2 billion” Opposition to expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline from Alberta to the BC coast are concerned about the ecological and economic impacts of a spill for the province: Event 8

INT – 2015 January 15th - GRIST  “The pros and cons of cheap oil” Cheaper gas means that we will consume more fossil fuels in the short term but the greater consequences are more complex if the ecological, economic and social impacts are considered: Event 9


Liens de Recherche en Français

Ces liens informeront vos Questions de Recherche et vos Réflexions Critiques 

CAN - La seconde réserve attestée de pétrole au monde se trouve au Canada. Le premier lien analyse les sources, les avantages et les inconvénients des formes variées du pétrole.  Le deuxième lien explique les conséquences de la dépendance du pétrole au Québec. Lien 1 et Lien 2

INT – Apprenez l’histoire du pétrole et son intégration dans l’économie mondiale! L2 Lien 3

CAN – Apprenez ce que sont les sables bitumineux en Alberta. L2 Lien 4

INT – Qu’est-ce que c’est que le pic pétrolier? L1 Lien 5

CAN – Apprenez à connaître le projet Enbridge Northern Gateway en Alberta! L2 Lien 6


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