Save Rainforest from Oil Drilling

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Target: President of Ecuador Rafael Correa

Goal: Halt proposed oil drilling in the Amazon rainforest and nearby Yasuni National Park

Despite the fact that indigenous nationalities have repeatedly voted to reject oil extraction on their ancient lands, the President of Ecuador is currently developing plans that would permit international oil companies to drill for oil in the pristine south-central Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, which is also home to the Yasuni National Park. Not only is this area teeming with unique flora and fauna, but these stunning lands have been inhabited and protected by Ecuador’s indigenous people for generations. Allowing oil companies to drill on these beautiful lands would have a devastating environmental and cultural impact.

The Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest and neighboring Yasuni National Park are areas of high-biological diversity, and the remoteness of potential oil deposits simply cannot justify the destruction that extraction would cause. Local residents have repeatedly voted against drilling for oil on these pristine lands, and government officials must be urged to comply with their citizens’ wishes and help protect this vital national treasure.

By signing this petition, you will be urging Ecuador’s President to immediately halt all ongoing oil drilling negotiations and to pursue alternative strategies for Ecuador’s long-term economic development that favor environmental conservation and protect the rights of the country’s indigenous people.


Dear President Correa,

I am writing to encourage you to halt ongoing plans that would permit new oil drilling in the rainforests of the south-central Ecuadorian Amazon, including the neighboring Yasuni National Park.

As you know, the area included in the oil concessions is some of the last pristine old-growth forest in your country. Not only is the conservation of this beautiful landscape crucial to the survival of the area’s diverse wildlife, but it is also home to seven indigenous nationalities that have repeatedly voted against oil extraction on their lands. Permitting oil drilling in an area of such biological diversity and cultural sensitivity would have devastating environmental and political effects in Ecuador. These potential oil deposits are located beneath lands that have been inhabited and protected by indigenous people for generations, and the current residents’ rights must be respected.

Please do everything in your power to halt oil drilling plans in the Amazon and Yasuni National Park. Preventing drilling in these areas would show that you are interested in pursuing a sustainable future, and that you respect the rights and wishes of Ecuador’s indigenous people.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Jane Davidson says:

    Unbelievable that they would even consider destroying what is left of our planet’s wilderness and well being.

  2. paula eaton says:

    This will be a disaster. The oil company could care less about the destruction they will cause.

  3. Jane Morrow says:

    If the YTT initiative (a ground breaking scheme where money was paid by other countries and donors to Ecuador in order for the oil to remain in the ground, for a fraction of its value to Ecuador) had been made easily accessible to everyone in the world to donate to then the $ target would have been reached and this wouldn’t be an issue. The majority of people in Ecuador are also against this oil drilling. To consider drilling for oil in one of the most biodiverse and pristine places on earth is a crime against nature and the planet. More on this important issue can be found on Amazon Watch’s website.

  4. Alexander Hawkeswood says:

    I think people who buy products containing oil are to a degree responsible for this, because they are creating the demand for it. A better way to help protect areas like the Amazon and Antartic from drilling, is to minimise buying petroleum based products. Also, trying to have as few children as possible because they will create more demand for oil and, if they decide to have them, so will their children and their children’s children etc… So you’d be partly responsible for the added pressure that all these individuals would put on the Earth’s resources as well as your own contribution, which would then likely be small in comparison

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