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The Amazon is NOT for sale!

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Jaime Vargas, President of the Achuar Nationality of Ecuador and Narcisa Mashienta, community leader from the Shuar Nationality of Ecuador

“We have come here to tell the government and companies
that these lands are not for sale.” Jaime Vargas, President of the Achuar Nationality of Ecuador

Jaime and Narcisa traveled from the Ecuadorian Amazon to Houston this week on a mission to challenge the Ecuadorian government face-to-face during its 11th Round oil concessions promotional roadshow at the North America Prospect Expo (NAPE), currently unfolding in Houston. Please take action today to support their mission!

The Ecuadorian government is hell-bent on plowing forward with plans to auction off the southern Amazon for oil development of an area that includes nearly ten million acres of primary forest and the ancestral lands of seven indigenous tribes.

But Jaime and Narcisa won’t have it. They’re in Houston on behalf of thousands of indigenous peoples in the Amazon calling on the Ecuadorian government to stop chopping up their rainforest home into oil blocks that will destroy the rainforest and threatens their cultural survival. And the government is doing everything they can here in Houston to keep their voices from reaching investors and potentially bidding companies. But their message is getting out loud and clear. Indigenous leaders and human rights groups from around the world are joining them in solidarity. Won’t you?

We’ve made it super easy to join us today. Learn more, take action and donate today to support Jaime and Narcisa’s message the Ecuadorian government: The Amazon is NOT for sale!

This is a critical struggle and it’s going to take us all to defend the Amazon from irreversible destruction. Please join us in convincing the Ecuadorian government that the devastating long-term effects of plans 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,

Leila Salazar Lopez
Leila Salazar Lopez
Program Director

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Avaaz – Oil showdown in the Amazon

Oil showdown in the Amazon

sign the petition http://www.avaaz.org/en/oil_in_the_amazon_global_rb/

To Rafael Correa Delgado, President of Ecuador:

As concerned citizens, we call on you to take urgent steps to immediately stop officials pushing for oil exploitation in Sani Isla. We urge you to protect the Amazon from the devastation of oil exploitation. It is a serious threat to this pristine habitat and the survival of Ecuador’s indigenous people, who are struggling to resist the oil companies and hold onto their lands. We call on you to uphold Ecuadors inspiring Constitution.


Posted: 1 February 2013
In the heart of Ecuador, a mega oil company is trying to turn the most pristine rainforest into an oil field. The Sani Isla Kichwa people are bravely resisting, and they have just asked for our help to save their home.

The community has signed a pledge never to sell their land, where jaguars roam and a single hectare can hold more diverse animal life than all of North America! But Ecuadors government is trying to buy them off and open up 4 million hectares of the Amazon to big oil. President Correa is in an election battle right now, and he rides on a reputation of respect for the environment and indigenous peoples. If we can kick up a global stink and make the Amazon protection an election issue, we could stop the oil rush.

So far the community has courageously stood firm, but the oil men could come with their drilling gear any day now. The Kichwa are appealing for our help to save their Amazon. Sign this petition now and share it widely — if 1 million people sign, well build a media storm that forces Correa to pull back.

If the people of Earth stand in solidarity against the corporate destruction of every living thing, including us! We WILL win! They count on us being divided by national borders, by political ideologies and a hundred other false divisions-but at the base of things, we are all connected, we all need our planet to be clean and healthy.

The unbelievable wealth of corporations allows them to dominate citizens and indigenous Nations inside of individual countries-but if the people stand in solidarity across borders we level the field a bit-our greater numbers against their greater wealth.