Writer Michelle Cordova of La Oferta Newspaper and boardmember of San Jose Peace & Justice Center speaks on the recent news of selling the Amazon to Chinese oil companies in Ecuador.
Ecuador is the most biodiverse nation in the world. The Amazon rainforest is home to nine different native nationalities, some of whom have no contact with civilization. They have taught Ecuadorians the importance of nature, and are the reason why Ecuador became the first country in the world to recognize the law of the Rights of Nature or Ecosystem Rights.
However now the Ecuadorian government is promoting five mega mining projects and is planning the auction off 3 million hectares or half of the rainforest (one third of the country) to Chinese oil firms that will devastate the environment and native communities.Seven nationalities in the Ecuadorian Amazon have issued a declaration denouncing the proposed auction while neighbor countries are declaring an environmental state of emergency.
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