Target: Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa
Goal: Don’t begin drilling for oil in untouched rainforests
The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has officially begun to issue drilling permits for an untouched portion of the Amazon Rainforest, opening the pristine corner of the world for exploitation. The government has rejected a national petition against drilling in the reserve and has issued environmental permits for oil drilling in the Yasuni national park, a 6,500 square mile piece of land.
This particular corner of the rainforest is one of the most biologically diverse in the world, and a single hectare, or 2.47 acres, contains more animal species than the United States and Canada combined, including birds, amphibians, reptiles, and trees.
President Rafael Correa has put the blame on the entire rest of the world, announcing “the world has failed us,” after international donation efforts failed to produce the $3.6 billion he demanded from foreign governments in exchange for the preservation of the rainforest. Some are calling this method environmental extortion, and many governments refused to give in to these demands. Correa is not only disrupting wildlife and precious species of plants and trees but uprooting some of the last indigenous peoples living in the area in order to mine an estimated 800 million barrels of crude oil.
Please sign this petition to condemn President Rafael Correa for his callous decision to destroy a precious environmental reserve and demand he take action to instead preserve the space for future generations.
Dear President Rafael Correa,
Recently you and your government have begun issuing drilling permits for the Yasuni national park, a formerly untouched part of the Amazon rainforest. By doing this, you are essentially destroying priceless and irreplaceable species of animals and exploiting your nation’s natural treasures in order to contribute to pollution and illness.
Please reconsider your decision to open drilling on this untouched reserve and save the countless species of animals that would otherwise be destroyed under your watch. The international community cannot abide by this overwhelming display of carelessness when it comes to our precious natural resources.
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