The big discussions about whether or not extract oil reserves in the Yasuni National Park ITT has reached tones so high that even I had the misfortune to hear somebody saying: “humans are more important than trees.”
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” Albert Einstein
But that’s okay given that we are so selfish as to believe that we are the center of the universe, let´s talk about human! This is a petition written by the Huaorani community who live in the Amazon region from Ecuador.
I found it in this page: http://www.change.org
The Huaorani are hunters and gatherers who live deep in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. Their ancestral lands include the area now known as Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve. Yasuni is world-renowned for carbon-rich forests and extraordinary biological diversity, and is home to many endangered and endemic species. It is also home to the last known group of Indigenous people still living in voluntary isolation in Ecuador (the “uncontacted” Tagaeri and Taromenane families). But it is threatened by encroaching oil development, settlers and illegal loggers.
We, the Huaorani, have defended and protected Yasuni since before written history. Before ‘contact’ and the arrival of ‘the civilization’ and first oil company Texaco (now Chevron) around 1970, we defended our territory with hardwood spears. Now we, the ‘contacted’ Huaorani of Yasuni, are developing new ways to protect Ome, our rainforest that is our home and source of life.
We live in the Huaorani communities, Bameno, Boanamo and Wema. We have organized ourselves to work together to defend Yasuni and our culture and way of life – and make real the promise of rainforest conservation and human rights for Indigenous peoples in Yasuni, including the right of our uncontacted neighbors to live free in isolation in the forest. We call ourselves Ome Gompote Kiwigimoni Huaorani (We Defend Our Huaorani Territory), “Ome Yasuni.” With the help of Judith Kimerling, a professor at CUNY Queens College and author of Amazon Crude, we launched this petition on Change.org, and we are asking for your help.
This is our petition: Something of this great rainforest territory must remain for us, the Huaorani, where we can continue to live freely and in accordance with our culture, without oil companies, settlers, roads, military and security forces, loggers, bureaucrats, or other outsiders damaging the forest or telling us how we should live. We need a legal title to our territory, and reforms to the laws of Ecuador to protect Ome and our right to live as we wish, as Huaorani.
Our fate and the fate of Yasuni are one. Without territory and self-determination, we cannot survive. Without the Huaorani to defend and care for her, the Yasuni Rainforest cannot survive.
Please watch our video messages at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCUXyzk863A (Kemperi); and
and sign our petition to the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, and his Ministerios.
I´m leaving to trip 8 hours bus ride to March for life.