By Ray Beckerman
Man's inhumanity to man and other living things threatens the whole human experiment. Let's fight it, and try to build a future.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Eye on the Amazon: from the Amazon to the Oil Sands & beyond
that the rainforests are critical for maintaining the Earth's climate.
For many of us these ancient forests also represent places of abundance
and beauty that renew our spirits.
me great hope to see how many more people have recently joined Amazon
Watch's community at such an important moment. Strengthened by our
growing network of 150,000+ online supporters, our team and partners
have made incredible impact around the globe this spring: organizing
critical missions to strongholds in Brazil and Ecuador; bringing
delegations of indigenous leaders from the Amazon to the oil sands of
Canada to expose industry land grabs in Peru; forging powerful
alliances and recruiting supporters worldwide.
you choose to sign a petition, host an educational or fundraising
event, or join us on a supporter delegation to see the Amazon firsthand
and renew your spirits, you are helping our movement grow at a
critical time for the future of the planet's largest rainforest.
the Inter-American Human Rights Court took the unusual step of making
an in situ visit to the Kichwa indigenous community of
Sarayaku in the heart of Ecuador's central Amazon region in April. The
historic visit was part of the community's long-running case against
the Ecuadorian government over rights abuses suffered when an Argentine
oil company began conducting seismic testing in search of oil reserves
with the aid of Ecuador's military. The entrance of the oil company
into Sarayaku lands occurred without the consultation or consent of the
community. A decision in the case is expected this year and will have
sweeping implications for indigenous rights across the Americas.
delegation of Achuar leaders traveled to Canada to demand that
Calgary-based Talisman Energy cease oil drilling in their ancestral
territory and to see firsthand how indigenous people in Canada have
fared during oil operations in their homelands. The group visited
Ottawa, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Vancouver and Haida Gwaii; meeting with
members of Parliament, press, Talisman officials, First Nations leaders
and supporters in an effort to build alliances and raise awareness
about Talisman's abuses. Talisman has been drilling exploratory wells
in the heart of Achuar territory and continues to ignore their calls to
leave. Explore through the eyes of the Achuar in these photos.
years of pressing a historic lawsuit against Big Oil behemoth Chevron,
the communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon still do not have access to
clean water. This must change: We cannot wait for Chevron to do the
right thing while families drink contaminated water. A coalition has
joined forces to support a solution – ClearWater – a water project led
by Ecuadorian communities to provide immediate relief to the region
still suffering the effects of oil contamination. We're still working around
the clock to hold Chevron accountable, in the meantime it's time to
meet needs on the ground by supporting ClearWater.
months preceding the Rio+20 Earth Summit the Brazilian government is
seeking to reinforce its credentials as a country that has balanced
economic growth and poverty reduction with respect for environmental
sustainability and human rights. However, President Rousseff may find
it challenging to keep the wool pulled over our eyes given disastrous
reforms to the country's forest protection law and the illegal
construction of the Belo Monte dam. Amazon Watch and our allies
recently greeted President Rousseff with protests in Washington D.C.,
and we'll be in Rio this June.
than 18 years Ecuadorian Amazonian communities have waged a historic
battle for justice against Chevron, which has vowed not to pay the $18
billion judgement. Later this month two Ecuadorian representatives of
30,000 plaintiffs will leave the Amazon and travel to California to confront
Chevron. They need your support to stand face-to-face with Chevron CEO
John Watson and the board of directors, shareholders, media and an
international community that continues to support them through this
epic battle for justice. Join the Cause, share with your friends and
follow their journey.