Note: On Wednesday, Shuar and Achuar leaders from Ecuador were in Houston, Texas, to confront an auction by the Ecuadorian government which would lease out millions of acres in the Amazon rainforest for oil and gas drilling. They were joined by local activists, including folks from the Tar Sands Blockade. Click here for coverage on Democracy Now!.
–The GJEP Team
By Jonathan Watts, February 6 2013. Source: The Guardian
A global campaign to stop oil exploration in a pristine corner of the Ecuadorean Amazon has collected more than a million online signatures in little more than a week.
The show of support is a major boost to the small indigenous community of Sani Isla that has been resisting intrusions by Ecuador‘s state-run oil company Petroamazonas. It is also a rebuke to Ecuador’s president,Rafael Correa, as he campaigns for re-election.
The petition, which was organised by the campaign group Avaaz, calls on Correa to stop oil exploration in the Amazon and uphold the Ecuadorean constitution, which is the only one in the world to recognise the rights of nature.
It follows an appeal for help by the 400-strong community of Sani – first reported in October in the Guardian – amid fears that the state oil company would use the army to secure land for a seismic study. The members of the Kichwa indigenous group said this would ruin their efforts to run an eco-lodge that has a lower impact on the environment in an area of exceptional biodiversity. Continue reading