Amazon Watch Supports the Call to Save Yasuní, the Last Wonder of the Amazon!
In June 2007, the Ecuadorian government launched the Yasuní-ITT initiative, a revolutionary proposal that aimed to leave 920 million barrels of oil in the ground. The initiative sought to preserve the Yasuní National Park – the most biodiverse area on the planet – from contamination from oil exploration, protect the rights of peoples in voluntary isolation, and help abate climate change. Ecuador appealed to the international community to help guarantee the success of this progressive campaign.
Unfortunately, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has now approved oil drilling of the Ishpingo, Tambococha, Tiputini (ITT) fields that lie beneath Yasuni National Park. In recent weeks thousands have taken to the streets to protest his decision, and are rallying to force a national referendum that would reverse the president’s decision. President Correa must safeguard the rights of the indigenous peoples and protect Yasuní, one of the last natural wonders of the world.
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