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#AmazonNot4Sale: Twitter/Facebook Action for the Amazon
The Ecuadorian government has begun an auction of 16 new oil blocks, almost eight million acres of rainforest, in the southern Amazon in what is being called the "11th Oil Round". These blocks threaten the best-protected tract of primary rainforest remaining in Ecuador and over seven indigenous nationalities that call this forest home.
Join us in a coordinated Twitter and Facebook event to tell the government of Ecuador that the Amazon is NOT for sale.
Three steps you can take to make a difference:
- Tweet a message to President Correa of Ecuador (@Presidencia_Ec).
Be sure to end your tweet with the hashtag #AmazonNot4Sale.
- Share this petition to President Correa with your community on Facebook.
- Sign the petition yourself!
In honor the earth and for our common future,
let's raise our voices together!
The government of Ecuador plans to auction off oil development rights within nearly eight million acres of primary forest and indigenous land that has been inhabited for centuries. These blocks threaten the best-protected tract of primary rainforest remaining in Ecuador and over seven indigenous nationalities that call this forest home.
Indigenous communities claim that in not a single one of the blocks has the Ecuadorian government obtained Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), which is mandated by the Ecuadorian Constitution and is an internationally recognized human rights benchmark that is intended to protect the rights of indigenous communities whose lives and lands are affected by extractive mega-projects such as oil drilling.
We are losing the world's tropical rainforest at an alarming rate, with major repercussions for the entire planet.
The Amazon basin has already lost at least fifteen percent of its forest cover and an equal area has been degraded. Deforestation is fueled by shortsighted industrial "development" projects such as large-scale agriculture, dams, roads and oil and gas pipelines. These mega-projects open up pristine rainforest areas to resource extraction, cattle ranching, poaching and pollution with devastating effects for indigenous communities and biodiversity.
Carbon emissions from deforestation contribute significantly to climate change, while climate change is making tropical rainforests more vulnerable to forest fires and droughts, leading to more deforestation. This positive feedback loop threatens the very survival of the Amazon rainforest and life on our fragile planet.
Send an urgent message to President Dilma demanding respect towards indigenous people and a peaceful solution to the Belo Monte Dam conflict.
Urge President Correa of Ecuador to stop an auction of oil development rights within nearly eight million acres of primary forest, including all of Sarayaku territory.
Tell the Chevron board of directors to fire CEO John Watson. Since he took over, the company's bad behavior has only gotten worse.