No Oil Drilling On Waorani Land
On April 26th 2019, the Waorani people won a historic legal victory to protect 500,000 acres of their rainforest from oil extraction
Tell the Ecuadorian Government to respect indigenous rights and the court’s decision: the most Biodiverse place on Earth is not for sale!
I stand with the Waorani people and the Ecuadorian court’s decision to uphold indigenous rights and protect the Amazon rainforest. I'm calling on the Ecuadorian government to respect the court’s ruling and the Waorani’s decision. Their message is clear:
Letter from Waorani communities to the Ecuadorian Government
We are Waorani and we have always lived in the Amazon rainforest. For thousands of years we have defended our territory from trespassers. As a warning, our ancestors left crossed palm-wood spears on trails to give would-be invaders a chance to retreat.
Our ancestor’s bones are buried under this earth. Deer, boar and jaguar still roam free across this land. Our memory, our language, and our songs are borne from the forest, and we will ensure that they live on, generation after generation.
Drilling for oil fuels modern life in the cities, but drilling within our territory threatens everything that matters for our people. We have seen the destruction that oil drilling causes in the rainforest. We have heard neighboring indigenous peoples tell of their children poisoned by contaminated rivers, and seen their bounty of wild fish and game disappear, their language and culture fall to the brink of extinction, all in a single generation.
Our territory gives us life. We will not allow oil-drilling to poison our creeks and our fishing holes. We will not allow lines of explosives to be placed in our hunting grounds for seismic testing. We will not allow the building of platforms or pipelines or roads. We do not recognize what the government calls Oil Block 22. Our forest homeland is not an oil block, it is our life.
These are our words, our palm-wood spears crossed on the jungle trail, our message to the oil companies: Our land is not for sale.
Waorani Territory, Ecuadorian Amazon.
May 19th, 2018.