Our planet is facing a very real crisis.
We can’t turn a blind eye to it anymore, or hope that things will just magically work themselves out.
Rainforests are crucial to the sustainability of our planet. They churn out massive amounts of the oxygen that so many life forms need to survive.
We need to fight to save our planet, and stop the destruction of our precious rainforests.
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest one in the world — but it shrinks more and more with each passing year.
A big oil company has been trying to gain access to hundreds of thousands of acres of rainforest to drill. But the Waorani people, a native tribe of Ecuador, have been unrelenting in their fight to stop them — and they’ve won.
The Waorani people have lived in Ecuador for centuries. For the past few years, they’ve been fighting against the Ecuadorian goverment’s plan to drill for oil in an area that spanned several million acres of rainforest.
The tribe lives in Pastaza, an area that would be affected.
Many people thought the battle was hopeless — but there is now some hope, as the tribe has won a small but important part of the battle.
The Waorani people have stalled the auction of a huge swath of forest that would have held 16 oil blocks.
They’ve also protected half a million acres of their own territory from oil drills.
Oswando Nenquimo, a spokesperson for the Waorani of Pastaza, made this statement:
“Today we have protected our forest from oil drilling; we have protected our water from contamination; we have protected our children from sickness. This is a legal precedent for indigenous rights.
“But the fight is far from over. The government will appeal because they still want the oil beneath our land. Indigenous Nations across the Amazon and the world must band together to protect our homes.”
This ruling is a big win — but it will continue to be a huge fight to protect and preserve our environment, enforce the rights of native peoples, and keep our planet safe.
We must be persistent. Our future depends on it.
Let us know what you think of this ruling.
This story originally appeared at Goodfullness.
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