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One of the many collectives, Yasunidos LojaI'm in Quito, Ecuador. I wake up nervous at 8 a.m., getting ready to pick up a valuable envelope at the bus station that Cesar, a Yasunidos activist, mailed from Guayaquil, brought by his friend from New York on a plane, a day earlier. I am chatting with Cesar, "Did you send it to my name? Did you send it to the Santa María station?" I knew that if they sent it anywhere else, the signatures of Ecuadorian immigrants in Queens would not make it on time for the official delivery of signatures asking for a National Referendum to save Yasuní-ITT. "Yes, I think so," he says. There is no next-day service in Ecuador, so sending a package by bus is probably the quickest thing to do, although I don't know how reliable it is.
A global call to keep oil in the ground in Yasuni National Park
Los Angeles, CA – Amazon Watch and Yasunidos, a campaign comprised of a collective of Ecuadorian and international environmental organizations and advocates, released a new PSA featuring celebrity supporters rising in solidarity with Ecuadorians to defend the controversial Yasuní National Park from oil drilling. The public service announcement, which debuts online today and will appear in Ecuadorian media, features prominent stars including recent Oscar award winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, band member of 30 Seconds to Mars), Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious, Avatar), Michelle Monaghan (True Detective, The Bourne Supremacy) Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, Traffic), Daryl Hannah (Steel Magnolias, Kill Bill) and an impressive lineup of other actors, musicians and celebrity activists.
"Do you agree that the Ecuadorean government should keep the crude in the ITT, known as block 43, underground indefinitely?"
This is the question that will be put to a national referendum in Ecuador if 584,000 signatures are collected (5% of registered voters in a country of 15 million people) before the deadline of 12th April 2014. Over 50% of the signatures required, have been collected so far but a concerted effort will be needed to meet the target over the next month.
As two military-style helicopters touch down in a remote village in the jungles of Ecuador, masked men with guns hop out and scurry into a one-room schoolhouse. Inside they capture their target: a 6-year-old girl who doesn't speak their language and can't even guess why they are kidnapping her. They carry the terrified child, Conta, into the belly of one of the helicopters and it quickly rises up and away. Inside a thing she has only ever known as a screaming demon that roars across the sky, she is flown to a nearby city. There, she is taken by these armed strangers to a hospital that is a teeming petri dish of germs for which she has no immunity, since she has never been in a city before.
I'm writing to let you know about 'Popular Consultation in Ecuador to save Yasuni'.
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