Target: President of Ecuador Rafael Correa Delgado
Goal: Preserve Ecuador’s Yasuní Rainforest so that the biodiversity of exotic, rare plant and animal species, and the indigenous people who live there may be preserved for present and future generations.
The Yasuní region of Ecuador is home to one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world—in just a single hectare, more than 700 different species of wildlife can be found. And there are approximately a million hectares of the Yasuní Rainforest, so you do the math. It would be an enormous waste of such innate biodiversity if development and “progress” were to wipe out the region. Unfortunately, the Yasuní faces such a fate unless protective measures are taken.
Today, the mismanagement of Ecuadorian natural resources, proposed oil extraction and illegal logging practices are threatening the future of the Yasuní, and the multitude of creatures that inhabit it. To see this rainforest region ripped apart in pursuit of nonrenewable energy sources—oil in particular—would be a crime against nature.
What can be done? This is where the Yasuní-ITT Initiative comes into play. The Initiative began as a grassroots movement in the Ecuadorian community to preserve the 180,000 hectares of land that make up the Yasuní Rainforest. This Initiative would keep those bent on drilling the land for oil out of the rainforest, for now and forever. Not only would this Initiative keep oil companies out of the forest, it would help balance and alleviate the effects of global climate change, as the forest would be able to grow and flourish, making itself an even larger carbon reservoir.
Furthermore, the Tagaeri and Taromenane, two of the indigenous tribes that choose to live in isolation within the Yasuní are allowed the right to do so. Disturbing the rainforest would be to destroy their way of life, as these native peoples depend on the natural resources of the forest for everything from food to shelter and protection. In wiping out the forest, developers would consequently extinguish the very culture of these indigenous groups.
Please sign below to support the efforts of the President of Ecuador and those promoting the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, and help protect the natural integrity of such a rich ecosystem.
Dear President of Ecuador Rafael Correa Delgado,
The Yasuní Rainforest houses more species of plants and animals than United States and Canada combined. Indigenous groups, and endangered and threatened plants and animals live alongside millions of other species—some not even discovered yet. This is an ecosystem that well deserves preservation. Not just for this generation, but for those to come.
This is why I am in favor of the Yasuní-ITT Initiative and your efforts to support this Initiative. The lush, biodiverse rainforest that is the Yasuní is in imminent danger, as the mismanagement of natural resources, proposed oil-drilling and illegal logging practices are a constant threat. This Initiative coupled with your support could be the rainforest’s saving grace. Thank you.
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