Yasuni, revisited

Wherever you go, there are always going to be places that will feel especially close to your heart. You’ll follow the news about its fate as you would do it with a close friend who is experiencing some serious troubles – with concern, frantically searching for ideas how you could help, and feeling devastated when it turns out that not much you can do will change the situation.

For me one of these places is Yasuni in Ecuador.

Years ago I had the privilege to visit this extraordinary place a few times and had the chance to experience its beauty and diversity first hand. If there is a place that needs to be preserved and protected (and there are oh so many!!!) this is it. I felt especially hopeful when in 2007 the Ecuadorian government proposed an initiative not to open up certain areas of the park for oil drilling if the international community can pay the country half the amount of the price of the untapped oil (around 3.6 billion dollars). Unfortunately the world failed to step up to the plate and the initiative was cancelled last year after only 13 million dollars was delivered.

So I  read it with a heavy heart yesterday that Ecuador approved oil drilling in the ITT blocks and exploitation will begin in 2016.

Read more on: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0602-hance-yasuni-oil-permits.html#1ABcWtd6ca6Gd3b3.99

and in The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/opinion/ecuador-breaks-its-amazon-deal.html?ref=opinion&_r=1

 

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