DEEP MARKS ON GREEN ALBERTA
Activist to bury time capsule record of worldwide environmental
destruction, starting here
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Thompson, Sun media
Vancouver activist Anthony Marr claims he buried evidence of
environmental destruction last night in Edmonton in the first stop of a
worldwide tour. However, he won't reveal the location of the time
capsule -- the first of many he intends to plot globally, to give those
living in 2060 a better understanding of the effects this generation had
on the Earth. Keeping the locations confidential will prevent tampering
with the capsule contents, Marr explained. "There will be a maximum of
three people who know the location," he told Sun Media. "If one dies,
then one other person will be told." When the capsule is unearthed 52
years from now, Edmontonians will find two plaques: one chastises the
provincial government, while the other applauds environmental leaders.
Books, letters and other documents are also contained in the capsule.
"Originally, we were thinking about (leaving it) until 2100, but
we're not confident there will be anyone to open it," said the
environmental crusader. "We want them to have some hope for the future
and not completely blame us for this." Marr, who has been studying
global warming since 1972, will bury similar capsules throughout Canada
and the U.S. this year. He'll take his quest international next year.
However, when it comes to human-caused environmental destruction, he
said Alberta concerns him the most. It shouldn't, said Alberta
Environment spokesman Cheryl Robb. In 2007, Alberta became the first
province to legislate large greenhouse gas emitters and Robb said
reductions that resulted from that legislation have been significant.
"We've seen 2.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gases reduced," she said.
"I don't know if anybody else in Canada can say they've seen real
reductions in emissions."
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