By Claire

For all the talk about the need to move towards renewable energy, a picture is still worth a thousand words.

An oil sand mine in Canada was recently photographed from the air, in order to show people just how destructive this mining practice is to the environment. This came about after requests to access the mining site or its equipment were denied.

The pictures are quite confronting. All of this, just to continue our reliance on fossil fuels.

Check out the full album, as well as a description of the mining process, here.