Our planet is facing a
real crisis and it’s not something we can just turn a blind eye to anymore or
pass it off as “nature will sort itself out”. We all should be doing our part
to save our planet, especially the rainforests, as they are critical to sustaining
all life on our planet. They are what create all the wonderful oxygen that we
thrive on. The Amazon Rainforest is the largest in the world, however, every
year it gets that bit smaller as a result of destruction that is increasing at
a faster rate every year. Recently, a tribe from the Amazon Rainforest are
doing something about the crisis.
The Waorani people are
a native tribe of Ecuador and have lived there for centuries. However, in
recent years they have been embroiled in a legal battle with a big oil company
that everyone thought was hopeless.
government had been planning to drill for oil in an area that spanned several
million acres of rainforest. But the Waorani tribe who live in Pastaza, an area
that would be affected, have put a stop to the plans.
The tribe have stalled
the auction of the area where 16 oil blocks would have been put. Plus they have
protected half a million more acres across their territory from being drilled
A spokesperson for the
Waorani of Pastaza, Oswando Nenquimo, made the following 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
This ruling is an
important step for the safety of the rainforest and environmental preservation
and protection, as well as the rights of native peoples.
Let us know what you
think of the ruling.