Target: President of Peru Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Goal: End all oil exploration concessions in protected lands and national parks.
Authorities in Peru have included over 40 percent of the 1.3 million hectare National Park, Sierra del Divisor, in an oil and gas concession. This will open up the territory to exploratory drilling and the potential for oil spills and environmental contamination. Additionally, a number of uncontacted indigenous communities live within the bounds of the park, raising the concern that environmental degradation could undermine their livelihoods, destroy their communities, and potentially result in the end of their way of life.
The Sierra Del Divisor National Park is hugely biodiverse, holds a number of unique geological formations, and contains the headwaters of a number of Amazon River tributaries. Industrial pollution in the park may well result in contamination downstream, potentially threatening several million hectares of priceless rainforest.
The government of Peru has committed to protecting uncontacted indigenous peoples; any plan for exploratory drilling is a clear violation of that commitment. Additionally, plans for oil and gas developments fly in the face of the park’s protected status. Sign our petition and demand that the government of Peru rescind all oil and gas concessions in protected lands and national parks.
Dear President Kuczynski,
I was shocked to hear that over 40 percent of the 1.3 million hectare Sierra Del Divisor National Park overlaps with oil and gas concessions issued by your government. As you well know, this territory is home to a number of uncontacted indigenous communities, which your government has made commitments to protect. Any oil and gas development in this region threatens to undermine the environmental integrity of the park, and will thereby undermine the livelihoods of these communities.
Secondly, the Sierra Del Divisor National park is a site of significant biodiversity and the location of several headwaters of Amazon tributaries. Oil and gas installations produce toxic byproducts and most installations result in at least one spill. In the Sierra Del Divisor National park, this spill could lead to contamination downstream, and potential environmental catastrophe for Amazon ecosystems.
Protected lands must remain protected, and national parks must be free of oil and gas exploration. I urge you to cancel all oil and gas concessions in national parks and protected lands.
[Your Name Here]
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