Being without internet connexion at home has not helped me much to catch up some ideas, activities and experiences that I have had lately.
But the sad news I received last Thursday August 15 has forced me to find an internet service to express what I think.
In 2007 President Rafael Correa for whom I voted in every election that he has participated since 2006 announced one of the most extraordinary proposal at The General Assembly of the United Nations, the country’s commitment to maintain indefinitely unexploited reserves of 846 million barrels of oil in the ITT (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini), equivalent to the 20% of the country’s reserves, located in Yasuní National Park inside Ecuadorian Amazon. Correa proposed the international community contributes financially with at least 3.6 billion U.S., a sum that represents half of the revenue lost to the Ecuadorian state. The money would go into a capital fund to be administered by the United Nations.
Here are some of the video that this campaign made around all the world to get the purpose.
To give an idea of its importance, the ITT Yasuní Park in one acre has more species of trees and shrubs that U.S. and Canada together. In addition there are found no less than 150 species of amphibians, 121 reptiles, 596 birds, 200 mammals, 500 fish and 4,000 plants. A paradise with many faces for researchers, for visitors, tourists, and after all: a unique and fragile biodiversity, whose existence can only be preserved through a solidary support and a jealous care of all mankind.
People in Ecuador saw this initiative as a hope of “LIFE” for the first time a government was setting over economic interests, respect for nature as the only source and hope of life on our planet that has been and continues being hurt for the only predator the “Human Being”.
Of course I was going to keep voting for you Correa!!!!
After six years the President Correa has decided to end the initiative justifying five reasons:
1) The amount of available funds deposited in the Yasuní-ITT trust just came to USD 13.3 million (0.37%).
2) The initiative was not understood by the countries responsible for climate change.
3)was unfortunate because it coincided with “the biggest global economic crisis in the last 80 years.”
4) “The world is a great hypocrisy” to mention polluting countries are also the richest and strongest, and are not willing to pay for environmental goods as those generated by the Amazon, given that they are free access.
5) He finally said the decision to liquidate the trusts of the Yasuní-ITT are motivated to provide greater utility coverage for 50% of the Ecuadorian population that currently have not.
Correa has signed Executive Order 74 authorizing the extraction activity in an area not exceeding 1%.
Solving poverty!!!!, ok let’s solve poverty but I wonder if after that solve poverty humans will continue to have air to breathe. How is that they want to ensure good living conditions to humans when they are removing the source of life on Earth and humans ……… sorry to say but this is bullshit!!!
Now the president must have the approval of the Assembly to begin the extraction and there is little hope because of the 137 Assemblymembers 100 are part of the president´s party.
Mr. President of all the decisions you have taken I have applauded many, I’ve criticized some, but this I disapprove and I’m ready to start a campaign collecting signatures to ask for a referendum to be all Ecuadorians, 57% of the whom voted for you in the last election including myself, who decide, I´m pretty sure that the Ecuadorian people going to prove to you that despite the indifference and hypocrisy in the world we “love life”.