An open-air exhibition of photographs highlighting the damage that is being done to the planet by the oil industry is set to arrive in Bristol this month.

The Tarnished Earth display is taking place at Broadmead and will be the final chance for visitors to view the outdoor gallery, which has already toured major cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff, where up to five million people have viewed the images.

Consisting of three-metre high pictures by photographer Jiri Rezac, the display showcases the destruction of the Boreal Forest in Canada as a result of tar sands oil mining in the region and is supported by the Co-operative, as well as environmental charities WWF-UK and Greenpeace.

The free open-air gallery will be illuminated at night and visitors will have the chance to view the images from April 17th to May 8th.

Head of social goals at the Co-operative Paul Monaghan said: "It is really important that people see for themselves the scale of the environmental destruction which is being done in order to extract oil from tar sands."

He explained the greenhouse gas emissions from this form of mining are far greater than from conventional drilling and it is a major contributor to climate change.

"Tarnished Earth vividly portrays the impact tar sands operations are having on this beautiful area of boreal forest which has been home to wildlife and the indigenous Cree nations for thousands of years," Mr Monaghan continued.

Jo Hawkins, city centre retail manager for Destination Bristol, added she is delighted to host the exhibition in Broadmead, where the images will be seen by hundreds of locals and visitors to the area every week.

The exhibition is part of the Co-operative's Toxic Fuels campaign, which aims to stop the expansion of unconventional fossil fuels, including tar sands and shale gas.

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