End Oil Drilling in Pristine Amazon Rainforest

Target: Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador

Goal: Stop destroying the Amazon with oil drilling.

Yasuni National Park, part of the Amazon Rainforest in eastern Ecuador, is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Although hunting and logging threaten many of areas of the Amazon, Yasuni National Park is at particular risk from humans for one important reason: it contains nearly a billion barrels of oil.

Yasuni National Park is home to nearly 600 species of birds, 150 species of amphibians, and as many as 100,000 species of insects. A single hectare of forest in Yasuni National Park might contain more species of trees than are native to the entire United States. In addition to being an incredible hub of biodiversity, the park is also home to three indigenous tribes. The Huaorani, Tagaeri, and Taromenane peoples still depend on the rainforest for the majority of their resources.

Yet the park is now in extreme danger. Small-scale oil drilling has been happening in the park since the 1970s, but in recent years drilling has expanded dramatically. Large-scale drilling began in the fall of 2016, with reports of 23,000 barrels of oil being extracted each day. Just this month, the oil company Petroamazonas began drilling the first of nearly 100 new wells that it plans to create in a previously untouched area of the park.

Sign this petition to stop oil drilling and save the people, flora, and fauna of Yasuni National Park.


Dear President Moreno,

I am writing to ask you to put an end to oil drilling in Yasuni National Park. Although Petroamazonas representatives insist that they will be able to extract millions of barrels of oil without harming the park’s ecosystems, environmentalists strongly disagree. The roads and other infrastructure needed for drilling will accelerate deforestation and habitat loss. Crude oil is a teratogen, which means that it can cause birth defects. Crude oil also contains other toxic components such as benzene, mercury, and xylene. Thus, any accidental spills could have disastrous effects for indigenous peoples and animals living in the contaminated area. Crude oil spills are notoriously difficult to clean up and can poison soil and water for decades.

It is imperative that you end oil drilling in this national park. The Amazon rainforest is incredibly precious in terms of biodiversity and carbon sequestration. We must do everything we can to protect it.


[Your Name Here]

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  2. When it’s gone it’s gone!!!! The Rainforests are the lungs of the earth. If our lungs stop working we die, yeah? So will the earth. 🌍🌎🌏😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬

  3. gen agustsson says:

    no more oil drilling! abolish oil drilling now! its fracking earth. its racist to rob the land of the indigenous people. the indigenous people have tried to stop this, tried to stop this but they have to try this again.

  4. When will stupidity end its reign? For decades it is known that the world’s weather is created around the Amazon belt! Too much has been destroyed already, thus globally severer weather conditions will arise. Not enough yet? Wait and see what’s coming – this is still in its infant stage!
    Stop destroying the Amazon – help healing be preserving what is left! Protect what is left of your gem! Use your head, not your greed!

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