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Ecuador's Amazon rainforest contains some of the planet's most bio-diverse ecosystems and are home to thousands of indigenous peoples who have lived there for millennia. Below the surface of this fragile jungle also lay reserves of crude oil and natural gas, the ever-growing demand for which threatens the environment and the indigenous communities that inhabit it. More
The declaration makes several demands of governments: the end of subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, that the wealthier countries of the world promise to fund a "just transition to a clean and renewable energy economy for all" and, most importantly, that fossil fuels be kept in the ground by ending exploration and new extraction. The goal, explains Andrew Miller of the San Francisco–based Amazon Watch, is to change the discourse at the COP – most of the climate-related commitments countries have made to date have focused largely on the consumption side of the fossil fuel problem, continuing to ignore the critical production and supply sides.
Our hearts go out to all the victims of the violent attacks in Beirut and Paris last week, to their loved ones and all those in the path of violence in response to these attacks. We condemn these acts of senseless violence.
With tens of thousands of climate officials converging on Paris at the end of the month to seek an international agreement on global warming, environmentalists are reviving a controversial plan to protect a pristine stretch of the Amazon's Yasuni National Park, which teems with biodiversity and is home to tribes living in voluntary isolation.
During the tribunal, Chevron's key witness admitted that there is no evidence to corroborate allegations that he received bribes or that he acted as a ghostwriter in the judgment against Chevron. He also conceded, in cross-examination, that elements of his sworn testimony were exaggerated and, in other cases, simply false.
"The land is for the people who are living in the rainforest...My territory is already contaminated. How can I back down? How will my children live a healthy life? How will future generations live?"
The fate of the world's climate and the Amazon Rainforest are intertwined. That was the message brought by Amazon Watch founder and board president Atossa Soltani to a session of the annual Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA on October 23rd.
"Chevron has taken the people of Ecuador and the U.S. court system on a ride, full of lies, deliberate delay, and obstruction of justice, says Amazon WatchOctober 27, 2015Common Dreams
In what is being called "a dramatic turn" in a protracted legal battle, documents publicized Monday reveal that the star witness in a case pitting rainforest villagers against a multinational oil giant has admitted to lying under oath in an effort to help Chevron avoid paying a $9.5 billion judgment for deliberate pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Oil is one of Ecuador's most controversial and polarizing topics. The country is dependent on oil for income, but drilling is a perceived threat to livelihoods of the local communities.October 27, 2015NBC News
Oil is one of Ecuador’s most controversial and polarizing topics. On one hand the country is dependent on oil for income, while on the other, oil drilling is a perceived threat to livelihoods in communities where drilling ensues. Testimony given before an international tribunal released Monday, calls into question the legitimacy of Chevron’s star witness in a two-decade long legal battle over oil contamination in the Ecuadorean Amazon.
Game Over: Chevron's RICO Case Spectacularly Implodes as Corrupt Ex-Judge Admits to Making It Up in Exchange for Chevron PayoffOctober 26, 2015
Chevron's polluted house of cards has come crashing down around them. Guerra is a liar – and he freely admits it. Chevron can either double down and insist Guerra was "before it before he was against it" or denounce him now – in which case they can never argue he's credible by any stretch.
Chevron's Star Witness in Retaliatory RICO Case Recants Accusations Against Ecuadorians and Their Counsel
Newly released transcripts reveal stunning admission under oath, leave Chevron case in shambles as communities move closer to seizing company assets in CanadaOctober 26, 2015
Quito, Ecuador – In a dramatic turn in the 22 year-old legal effort by Ecuadorian rainforest villagers to hold Chevron Corporation to account for massive on-going environmental contamination in the Amazon, the key witness in Chevron's counter-suit has admitted under oath to making up accusations of bribery and ghostwriting.