Target: President of Ecuador Rafael Correa
Goal: Ban oil drillings in the Amazon
President Rafael Correa has lifted a moratorium on oil drilling in the Amazon and operations to extract oil from the land could be underway in less than a year. The President stated that he would keep the moratorium on drilling if a certain amount of money was donated to the cause. Since that plan failed, he claims he has no choice but to open the country’s doors to drilling. The Amazon is known as one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world and it’s crucial that this land doesn’t become tainted from oil spills.
Environmentalists vehemently fought against this ruling, but President Correa is adamant. Correa created the Yasuni Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini initiative where he would keep the oil in the Yasuni National Park if the community would give donations. Correa issued a goal of $3.6 billion to keep his promise, but when the public only donated $13 million, Correa said he had no choice but to start drilling.
However, environmentalists are calling foul. The oil drilling company that Correa’s administration signed on is known for being careless. Petroamazonas is known for oil spills, but since drilling permits have already been signed, construction for roads and camps have already begun. The Ecuadorian government even rejected a petition, which the public is accusing of fraud. The petition is meant to ban drilling in the area, but the government only accepted 359,762 of the 850,000 submitted signatures. The rest of the signatures were considered fake and 583,323 signatures were needed for a national referendum.
Two uncontacted tribes call this range of the Yasuni National Park their home, where a variety of birds, amphibians, trees and reptiles also dwell. Unfortunately, other gas companies such as Shell have already drilled in other parts of the Amazon, but this pattern should not continue. Our planet is precious and the oil should remain in the ground. Sign this petition and tell President Correa once and for all that the Amazon Rainforest should be left alone.
Dear President Correa,
You recently lifted a moratorium on oil drilling in the Amazon Rainforest. The Yasuni National Park has been designated for new operations, and it has made environmentalists extremely upset. The Amazon is known for its biodiversity and I cannot believe you are willing to throw away its beauty for oil.
I am writing to demand that you stop all drilling, including the drilling taking place in the Yasuni National Park, in the Amazon. These operations destroy our environment and if an oil spill were to happen, the effects would be devastating. If you care about your planet, please keep it safe and unspoiled.
[Your Name Here]
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