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Ecuador’s Sarayaku Celebrate Victory Over Government, Oil Extraction

Ecuador’s Sarayaku Celebrate Victory Over Government, Oil Extraction

In a battle that lasted 8 years, the indigenous tribe known as the Sarayaku finally triumphed.   The government of Ecuador was found guilty of violating their human rights in trying to force them to accept oil drilling on their ancestral lands. http://amazonwatch.org/news/2013/0801-amazon-justice-sarayakus-historic-week?utm_source=Amazon+Watch+Newsletter+and+Updates&utm_campaign=fd32026c88-sarayaku-20130802&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e6f929728b-fd32026c88-340921449 80 members of the Sarayaku, a Kichwa tribe living in […]

Open Letter to President Correa:  Save the Yasuni Initiative

Open Letter to President Correa: Save the Yasuni Initiative

  The Yasuni-ITT Initiative is a proposal by the government of Ecuador to refrain indefinitely from exploiting the oil reserves of the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil field within the Yasuni National Park, in exchange for 50% of the value of the reserves, or $3.6 billion over 13 years from the international community. The reserve has around 846 million […]

A View From the Roof:  Correa Wins Election!  Does It Mean War in the Amazon?  GMOs?

A View From the Roof: Correa Wins Election! Does It Mean War in the Amazon? GMOs?

Ecuador’s President Correa again won the presidency in the country’s recent election.  In addition, his party won more than a 2/3 majority in the national congress. This means that he now has the power to change the constitution without a national vote. Essentially, he has no opposition that matters. People […]

Ecuador Indigenous: Sarayaku Tribe Wins a Victory

Amnesty International and the Sarayaku indigenous people have won a major victory against the unauthorized encroachment on their communal land and endangerment to their way of life perpetrated by an oil company.  Their odyssey has taken members of the tribe as far away as Washington D.C. and Costa Rica, as […]

by July 29, 2012 Comments are Disabled Amazon Region, Ecuador Culture, Ecuador Lifestyle, Ecuador News, Living in Ecuador
Kayak and/or Die–Kayaking in Ecuador, Rio Cofanes

Kayak and/or Die–Kayaking in Ecuador, Rio Cofanes

For some aquatic-loving adventurers, to live is to kayak.  For me, to kayak would mean certain death. A more daring, younger me used to crave the thrill of rappelling, parachuting and white-water rafting.  Those days are far behind me. Now I get dizzy swinging in a hammock. My adrenalin-pumping days […]

by October 8, 2011 2 comments Amazon Region, Ecuador, Ecuador Lifestyle