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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'.
Take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo and also share it with your friends.
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If enough of us get behind it, we can make 'Popular Consultation in Ecuador to save Yasuni' happen!
Ecuador is in a process of a popular consultation to ask the government not to exploit the oil in Yasuni-ITT. We need 10 computers. Lets save the Yasuni!
Why this is important
In Ecuador thousands of us have taken to the streets to protest President Rafael Correa's decision to drill in Yasuní-ITT. The area is the most biodiverse rainforest on the planet and the home to two of the last indigenous communities living in voluntary isolation.
Drilling in Yasuní-ITT is a choice, not a necessity. If President Correa raised taxes on the 110 biggest businesses in Ecuador by 1.5%--which now pay a measly 2.9%--it would raise $20 billion, more than exploiting Yasuní-ITT.
We supported a revolutionary plan to preserve Yasuní-ITT, and are gathering signatures for a national referendum that would reverse the decision to drill, but the government is trying to intimidate us.
The government is launching a counter-offensive on rights, expelling high school students who rally for Yasuní, criminalizing insults on social media, threatening to ban print newspapers, and erasing our country's last peoples living in voluntary isolation—the Tagaeri and the Taromenane—from its maps of the ITT oil block so that it can drill there without violating Article 57 of our constitution, which protects both groups from "ethnocide."
6 September 2013
Republic of Ecuador
Dear Mr. President
Protect the Planet, Keep oil companies out of Yasuni-ITT
We are shocked by the announcement you made on 15 August 2013 that you would permit crude oil extraction in the Yasuni-ITT. We strongly believe that the original decision to leave the oil in this pristine territory in the ground was the right decision and that the decision should not be revised or changed for any reason. We hereby declare our support for the original initiative to refrain from exploitation of the heavy crude oil of Yasuni-ITT.
Ecuador has shown leadership in many ways, including by recognizing the rights of nature (in your 2008 constitution), the Yasuni-ITT initiative and in generally broadening the space for freedom and democracy in the world today. This is the way the most of the world sees Ecuador.
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