Note: Thanks, Patrick for offering another perspective on the Yasuni oil drilling debacle (though we still don’t believe that money can solve the problems caused by capitalism…)
–The GJEP Team
From Patrick Bond 7 October 2013:
Dear GJEP, I always am in unity with your arguments, but on this intro note – http://climate-connections.org/2013/10/05/ecuador-congress-approves-yasuni-basin-oil-drilling-in-amazon/ – my disagreements with your wording/analysis are as follows (while ultimately agreeing with you that the site is so valuable that it should not be wrecked by the Correa government, no matter whether payment is made):
“A perfect example of why holding critical biodiversity reserves hostage
“This ‘hostage’ metaphor is unfair, even a caricature. Plan A was agreed on by virtually everyone after Accion Ecologica and Connai proposed it and Alberto Acosta took it to Correa in 2007: the North should pay $3.6 bn to leave the Yasuni oil in the soil. One rationale: the North owes what Accion Ecologica has long called an “ecological debt”, for which this project might be considered a mere downpayment,
“and demanding payment for their protection”
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
An aerial view of the Yasuni National Park, which is considered the most biodiverse place on earth with more species in a single hectare than all of North America. Photo: Dolores Ochoa/AP
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