"Water is the source of life. Without clean water we can't survive."
These are the words of Emergildo Criollo, a leader of the Cofan people and Ecuador Project Coordinator for ClearWater. Emergildo was a young boy when Chevron (then called Texaco) began drilling for oil in northeastern Ecuador using such substandard practices that some 18 billion gallons of toxic waste were dumped in the streams and rivers of the Amazon rainforest. Emergildo has been fighting for justice from Chevron ever since.
But after years of pressing a historic lawsuit against the Big Oil behemoth, Emergildo and the communities of the Ecuadorean Amazon still do not have access to clean water. That needs to change.