Target: Manuel Pulgar Vidal Otarola, Peru’s Minister of Environment
Goal: Demand an immediate and comprehensive clean-up of the environmental effects of a massive oil spill.
An oil spill is devastating the Chiriaco River in Peru and the Awajun villagers who rely on it. Since a pipeline operated by Petroperu ruptured, oil has been making its detrimental mark on the area’s ecosystem. After the spill was noticeable, kids and nursing mothers with no protective gear were witnessed collecting this crude in exchange for small sums of money. They stopped collecting the oil when they noticed that their clothes and skin seemed to be stained permanently and they started to experience negative physical effects.
As time went by, these exploited persons began to notice symptoms of dizziness, blurry vision, headaches, and nausea. There is currently no indication as to whether the oil will produce long-term effects on both the village-dwellers or their environment. So far, the oil has left a meter-high stain on plants and soil along the riverbeds. Villagers are afraid to continue eating as normal since the oil has permeated plants and rivers.
Similar oil spills in Peru have resulted in the complete destruction of a village’s economy and fundamental food source. The oil’s effects on the water and fish has prevented these average citizens from maintaining their livelihoods or means of subsistence.
Please sign the petition to urge the Minister of Environment to act quickly and extensively to eradicate the oil spill that is plaguing the Awajun’s health and livelihood.
Dear Sr. Otarola,
I am writing this letter to urge the immediate and comprehensive redress of the oil spill that recently affected villages in northern Peru. This is not the first time that a Petroperu oil spill has affected both the environment and the people living in it. Villages located along riverbanks are constantly plagued by oil spills that destroy their ecosystem.
As you are aware, the most recent spill has fully contaminated bodies of water, fish, plants, and soil. Everywhere that the oil has reached, it has left damaging symptoms like dizziness and blurry vision. Fish, a source of food and income to the villagers of Awajun, will likely become blacklisted due to the obvious corruption of a previously fresh market.
I urge you to completely and immediately address the negative effects of this oil spill on both the people and environment in a comprehensive and long-term manner.
[Your Name Here]
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