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Saving indigenous peoples and nature in Ecuador
YASunidos, a youth movement, gathered 750,000 signatures to support the proposal of leaving oil underground in Ecuador's National Park Yasuni.
Youth in Protection of Biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples
They want to protect one of the most biodiverse areas in the world that is also the home of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation along the banks of the Yasuni River.
For this purpose, they strive to stop oil exploitation in the area, avoid oil contamination, contribute to stop climate change and save the indigenous people. Their activities have led to 60% of the population of Ecuador being opposed to the oil extraction. Nevertheless, the government continues to push through with its plans and tries to criminalize the youth movement.
Dolls representing the oil exploitation in the Yasuni Natural Park
Ecuador's government was moving to install a power plant to exploit oil fields under the iconic Yasuni national park at the same time as pursuing a high-profile international scheme not to exploit the oil, according to government documents seen by the Guardian.
Plans to install the plant further undermine claims by the government that it was seriously pursuing the "Yasuni-ITT Initiative" – a pioneering scheme to leave the oil in the ground in return for financial compensation from international donors.
the Kukama Kukamiria's march to the city of Iquitos. They are protesting the toxic waste land left behind by over 40 years of oil contamination in their territories; and demand respect for their most basic human rights: access to clean water, safe food, and healthcare, June 16, 2014.
Some of the recent media coverage about the fact that more than 50 people in Peru – the vast majority of them indigenous – are on trial following protests and fatal conflict in the Amazon over five years ago missed a crucial point. Yes, the hearings are finally going ahead and the charges are widely held to be trumped-up, but what about the government functionaries who apparently gave the riot police the order to attack the protestors, the police themselves, and – following Wikileaks' revelations of cables in which the US ambassador in Lima criticized the Peruvian government's "reluctance to use force" and wrote there could be "implications for the recently implemented Peru-US FTA" if the protests continued – the role of the US government?
Last month, Ecuador's government approved permits for oil drilling in the Yasuní National Park. The drilling will be carried out by a subsidiary of the national oil company, Petroamazonas and will start in 2016.
The permits are in the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputinin (ITT) block, an area covering a total of 100,000 hectares, or 10% of the Yasuní National Park.
Seven years ago, Ecuador's president Rafael Correa announced that the country would leave the oil below the Yasuní rainforest, if the world paid US$3.6 billion, or half the market value of the 850 million barrels of oil in the ITT block. By 2013, when the money hadn't appeared, Correa announced that "The world has failed us", and that oil drilling in Yasuní would take place.
By Joan Martinez Alier.
The Hindutva nationalist right-wing prime minister Modi in India is rallying against Environmental Justice Organisations (EJOs) financed by foreign money. High on his list are EJOs from Scandinavian countries or Germany, which are "slowing down development" by stopping mining projects and defending tribal peoples living in forests, and also helping the green movements against nuclear power stations. Modi is supported by the Intelligence Bureau (whose recent report against civil society activities copies literally from Modi's own speeches). Indian civil society and judicial system are hopefully still strong enough to resist such threats.
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