Target: Ecuadorian Minister of Environment, Lorena Tapia
Goal: Don’t allow oil drilling to occur in Yasuni National Park, which is home to indigenous people.
Ecuador’s government is on the verge of issuing an oil drilling license in Yasuni National Park, which is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and is home to indigenous people living in voluntary isolation. Oil drilling leads to irreversible damage to soil, plants and species and the destruction of fragile ecosystems.
Yasuni has become a symbol of resistance against the destructive fossil fuel industry worldwide. YASunidos, an environmental organization protecting the Yasuni National Park, has urged the Ecuadorian government to reject all forms of resource extraction in the area to protect the uncontacted indigenous people who live there. Indeed, this particular part of the park numbered as Block 55 is home to Tageri and Taromenane peoples, and an article in the Ecuadorian constitution describes extraction in Taromenane territories as “ethnocide.”
Additionally, according to attorney Pablo Piedras, oil drilling would also have “disastrous consequences for the fragile and threatened existence” of the park. Yasuni National Park is a key biodiversity reserve listed as a UNESCO site, and one hectare of the area is home to a richer collection of plants, trees, birds, amphibians and reptiles than the U.S. and Canada put together. However, 33 species in the area are currently threatened with extinction.
Allowing oil drilling to go ahead for profit would be an environmental and social disaster. Sign this petition and urge the Ecuadorian government to protect the indigenous people and biodiversity of the Yasuni National Park by not allowing oil drilling in Block 55.
Dear Minister Tapia,
You are most certainly aware of the rich biodiversity that exists within Yasuni National Park. Moreover, the particular part of the park dubbed Block 55 or “Campo Armadillo” is also home to two tribes of uncontacted indigenous people, the Tageri and Taromenane.
Your government is about to issue an oil drilling license for this part of the park, despite resource extraction in Taromenane territories being unconstitutional. Furthermore, Yasuni is a key biodiversity reserve home to a multitude of plant and animal species, some of which are threatened. Indeed, 33 species in the area are listed as endangered. Allowing oil drilling to go ahead for profit would be an environmental and social disaster.
I urge you to take the indigenous inhabitants of the land and wildlife populations in the area into consideration and protect Block 55 of the Yasuni National Park from oil drilling.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Geoff Gallice