Wednesday, October 24, 2012

DON'T AUCTION THE AMAZON

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Dear alejandra,
We're winning, and that's exhilarating!
Last week we had the great honor of celebrating an inspiring major victory for indigenous rights and territories with courageous leaders from the Sarayaku community in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
But during their visit, our guests learned that the Ecuadorian government is hell-bent on plowing forward with plans to auction off the southern Amazon for oil development. The "11th Round" would include nearly ten million acres of primary forest and the indigenous lands of seven tribes, including all of Sarayaku territory.
Take action now! Stand with Sarayaku and the rainforest communities whose lands and lives could be demolished by oil operations. We've made it easy for you to send a letter urging Ecuadorian President Correa to respect indigenous rights and the rights of nature.
Before heading south on the long journey back to their rainforest home, Nina, Marlon and Tupak left this message and urgent call that we promised to deliver to you.
Don't auction the AmazonOur partners in Sarayaku and the other affected communities of Ecuador are united in solidarity against this violation of their rights and ancestral lands because they know that oil operations within the Amazon will disrupt the fragile ecosystem of the forest and ultimately result in the destruction of the rainforest as well as their indigenous way of life.
Tell President Correa that the devastating long-term effects of his plan to exploit the oil buried deep beneath these ancient rainforest homelands are not worth the short-term economic benefit to Ecuador.
For indigenous rights and the rights of nature,
Kevin Koenig
Kevin Koenig
Ecuador Program Coordinator

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