VICTORY: Oil Roads Kept Out of Ecuador's Yasuni National Park
In a huge victory for the rainforest movement, plans to violate Ecuador's Yasuni National Park with an oil access road have been cancelled. The road would have lead to widespread destruction of one of the most important rainforest reserves in the world. Instead, oil drilling and production will continue without roads and the deleterious impact of follow-on colonization upon biodiversity and indigenous populations may be limited. More work remains to be done to fully protect Yasuni, Ecuador's rainforests, and the Amazon; and the local Hauorani peoples, but this is a massive improvement upon previous plans which would have certainly devastated the entire area. Now there is hope.
This is a major triumph for Ecological Internet which was the first to bring the threat to a wide international audience through three different massive email protests, most recently in September of 2005. Other groups we worked with that also provided critical leadership included Save America's Forests, Rainforest Rescue of Germany, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and many other organizations which rallied and provided crucial leadership in country.
If I sound excited it is because I am. Unlike recent Brazilian victories where Ecological Internet played a supportive role, and the perhaps fleeting recent positive news for Indonesia's rainforests and orangutans, this victory is substantially a result of our sustained international campaign and our network participants having sent hundreds of thousands of protest emails. On a shoestring budget our loose network of Earth protectors is regularly achieving conservation victories!
Today we set a precedent that oil access roads through primary rainforests are unacceptable. Again, take a moment and reflect upon having done good work for rainforests and the planet. Then get back to work saving the Earth - starting with these current alerts!