Keep the Oil in the Ground
According to the world's scientists at least two-thirds of all fossil fuels must remain in the ground if we are to the kind of temperature rise that will lead to catastrophic climate collapse. If we know we need to keep oil in the ground, why are we looking for more, especially in places like the Amazon rainforest? Join us in calling for the end to drilling and justice for indigenous communities in the Amazon!
The Amazon rainforest is an unparalleled global treasure. As the world's largest and most biologically diverse tropical forest covering an area larger than the continental US, the Amazon houses one-third of the earth's plant and animal species, produces a fifth of the world's freshwater and plays a critical role in regulating our global climate as it produces oxygen and absorbs carbon, and drives global weather patterns. However, the Amazon's essential role as a carbon sink is threatened by plans to open tens of millions of acres of rainforest, including indigenous territories, to fossil fuel development. Studies show that those plans for oil operations are endangering the Amazon's ability to regulate the global climate.
The Amazon is also home to nearly 400 of those distinct indigenous peoples that depend on the Amazon for their physical and cultural survival. Indigenous peoples have been protecting the rainforest from oil companies and governments for decades. They have also been warning us about impacts of Amazonian drilling like contamination, cultural devastation, deforestation, and climate change.
Now the world's scientists have caught up with indigenous peoples and are warning us that in order to avert the kind of climate catastrophe that would turn the Amazon rainforest into a savannah and change life as we know it, we need leave the oil in the ground. Let's begin by protecting the Earth's largest carbon sink, our most biodiverse and culturally sensitive rainforest. Amazonian communities have been doing their part to defend the rainforest; now it is time for us to do ours.